Sexual Abuse Survivors React to Cardinal Pell’s Acquittal

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“When it comes to the Pell case, we cannot pretend that this ruling will not exacerbate the mistrust survivors already feel,” writes Hiner, “But we also hope that the determination of survivors will shine through.” Pictured: Supporters of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) outside the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore on Nov. 12, 2018. (CNS photo / Kevin J. Parks, Catholic Review) 

On Monday, justices on Australia’s highest court decided to overturn a unanimous guilty verdict and free a man convicted of sexually abusing two young boys.

The news rocked the survivor community worldwide.

There is no shying away from the fact that the decision to overturn the conviction of Cardinal George Pell was a gut punch for survivors of clergy sexual abuse. The Pell case saw testimony from twelve witnesses, including the lone surviving…

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