December 13, 2004

Abuse victims in debt despite compensation


TONY EASTLEY: Twelve men who suffered physical and sexual abuse in New South Wales Anglican boys homes 50 or 60 years ago - have found themselves tens of thousands of dollars in debt, despite being compensated.

The men from the Coventry and Ohio Boys homes, initially received money from the Victims of Crime Tribunal.

They then successfully pursued further compensation from the Anglican Church.

However they're now being told that because they're getting compensation from the Church, they must repay the original compensation given to them by the Tribunal.

That, they say, has left them tens of thousand of dollars out of pocket.

The men who were regularly beaten as children now feel they're being brutalised by the legal system.

Posted by kshaw at December 13, 2004 06:20 AM