|Raphael Ellul wants to move on but says |
he will never forgive the brothers for what happened.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse examined abuse at Christian Brothers institutions in Bindoon, Tardun and Perth between 1947 and 1968 and found management failed to prevent the sexual abuse of children living at the schools.
Some of the victims were as young as seven when they were sexually and physically abused by brothers and older boys.
Eleven of the schools' former residents gave evidence at hearings in Perth throughout April and May.
The men recounted stories of painful abuse and psychological damage they have suffered as a result, which led to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism.
Sixteen brothers were named as perpetrators of sexual abuse, but only four were ever charged and of those, only one was jailed.
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"Well what do I do, do I sort of stay angry for the rest of my life? I've had 54 years of it so I think it's time," he said.
"I may forget but I'll never forgive them for what they did to me, but I've got to get on with my life.
"What I'm amazed by, is how they shift these brothers, you know perpetrators, from one place to the other.
"I am surprised that it started back in 1919 and it sort of went on until the 70s. The trouble is, it's a little bit too late."
Mr Ellul applied for more compensation after being earlier given $35,000 by the Christian Brothers. He has now accepted another $80,000 from the organisation.
"I've never been a high wage earner so $80,000 to me is like a million, and that's why I accepted it," he said.
Earlier this year, Mr Ellul told the hearings he ran away from Tardun and attempted to report the sexual abuse to police at Mullewa.
"What does it say when a 14 year old goes to a police station and gets slapped in the face?" he asked.
"Nobody wanted to listen to you back then in the 1960s, they knew exactly what was going on, they just protect each other."
Mr Ellul was a child migrant from Malta when he was sent to the Christian Brothers school in Tardun as a 10 year old.
He was physically and sexually abused by brothers at the school and older boys, and now describes himself as damaged goods.
He said his time at Tardun cost him his culture, family and any chance of a decent career.
Child Welfare Department focussed on finances, not welfare
The commission noted most of the boys did not report the abuse, and one who did was physically beaten.
"The physical abuse at the institutions contributed to a culture where boys were reluctant to report abuse for fear of consequences for them," the report stated.
Royal commission report
The commission said the abused boys did not know who to turn to, adding that the Child Welfare Department was focused on the school's finances, not on the students' welfare.
|Christian Brothers High School established in Lewisham, NSW, in 1891|
"In each decade from the 1930s to the 1950s, allegations of child sexual abuse were raised against Brothers who had also faced earlier allegations," it said.
"By the 1950s, communication between one or more of the then Superior General and the then Provincial reveal an understanding that sexual abuse can have ongoing impacts on children... and an understanding that the administration of an institution may be at fault when a Brother was an abuser."
That correspondence also referred to the sexual abuse of children as a "moral lapse" or "weakness".
The report said at least one brother, who was accused of sexual abuse, was transferred to another Christian Brothers' institution, where he still had contact with children.
In other cases, the brothers were transferred to institutions where they would not have contact with children, but they were not dealt with.
The report said the Christian Brothers were not focused on settling the proceedings during negotiations in 1993, and were more concerned about the cost of the proceedings than recognising the suffering of the survivors.
Since 1980, the Christian Brothers have paid over $20 million to people who alleged sexual abuse or a combination of sexual abuse, physical or psychological abuse.
In WA, about 100 complainants were paid an average of $36,700 each, relating to abuse at the state's four institutions.
The royal commission has also found the brothers had an obligation to provide the children with an education but in many cases subjected them to physical labour instead.
Read the full report here.
This 'order' has been toxic with pedophiles probably from the beginning. It is an extreme embarrassment to everyone who calls himself a Christian, and brings shame and derision on the Name of Jesus Christ. Whatever good things they might have done have been buried very deep by the evil they committed on innocent children. The order should be disbanded, or at least change their name to the more accurate Satanic Brothers.