Sex victim of Plymouth Brethren gets day in Court

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Ian McKay
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Sex victim of Plymouth Brethren gets day in Court

Post by Ian McKay » Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:41 pm

From an article in the Courier Mail, see http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/quee ... 0174bfd6c1

Child sex victim of Christian Plymouth Brethren gets day in court

A BRISBANE man is set to be one of the first in the state to get his day in court as a victim of institutional child sex abuse at the hands of the Church.

Mike Alexander, 68, says it is a “major windfall” after the Queensland Government last year removed the statutory time limitations that restricted victims of institutional abuse from commencing civil action after three years from turning 18.

Mr Alexander says he suffered sexual abuse by the Christian Plymouth Brethren near Brisbane throughout the 1950s and ’60s, and was unable to pursue action against the church due to a culture of “not talking about it” and performing national service shortly after.

“The treatment was absolutely shameful,” he said.

“For someone who didn’t have a supportive family, I can understand why they would take their own life as a result of the abuse they endured.”

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Mr Alexander said he had been fighting the church for over 20 years and had spent “well over five figures” — only receiving an offering of a “prayer meeting as a healing service” in compensation.

Ryan Christianson from Slater and Gordon, which is representing Mr Alexander, said many victims in the past were turned away from legal recourse due to the statutory time limit that was in place. “Most survivors take years to come to terms with the abuse they endured as a child, and when they finally have the courage to seek justice, they are turned away because the window has closed,” Mr Christianson said.

Mr Alexander wrote to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in November thanking her for the change of law, which he feared would never come during his lifetime.

“It’s difficult to find words to express my thankfulness to you and your Government for the removal of the ‘statute of limitation’, not only for myself, but also for the many victims, who will find it difficult to accept what you have instigated,” he wrote.

“Justice finally for all victims.”

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Re: Sex victim of Plymouth Brethren gets day in Court

Post by fisherman » Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:32 pm

From anecdotal evidence,this could just be the tip of the iceberg...this stuff has been rumoured and whispered about for decades,any 'closed' society is ripe for this sort of thing,repression, pressure cooker atmosphere and booze,problems like this are systemic ...Ngaire Thomas spoke of it in her book 'Behind Closed Doors'

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