October 05, 2005

Sex abuse victim rejects church's payout


The Anglican Church's negotiations with the sex abuse victim, whose case was linked to the 2003 resignation of former governor-general Peter Hollingworth, have broken down.

Before he stood down, Dr Hollingworth defended his inaction on Beth Heinrich's case while he was the archbishop of Brisbane.

Ms Heinrich says the church does not seem to understand the impact of the abuse she suffered in the mid-1950s at the hands of Donald Shearman.

At the time Mr Shearman, who has since been defrocked, was the head of an Anglican boarding school in the New South Wales town of Forbes.

"They don't seem to realise that I was denied my education, and that priest lied to my parents and started a rumour around town that I was promiscuous," Ms Heinrich said.

Posted by kshaw at October 5, 2005 08:49 AM