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The authors of this blog are lawyers or consultants employed by the RCT Group of companies, which includes staff who work mainly within our Stringer Clark offices.
From time to time, we may also invite guest bloggers to contribute, in which case this will be made clear. Authors who are part of the RCT Group are qualified to practice law in Victoria, Australia. Any advice applies to Victorian State law as at the date of first publication. The information is a general guide only and is not a substitute for legal advice applicable to a user's own circumstances.
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Angela Sdrinis is a senior partner with Ryan Carlisle Thomas. She is an LIV Accredited Specialist in Personal Injuries with extensive experience in Comcare matters.
Nick White is a solicitor working primarily in the Employment and Industrial Law Department of our offices in the CBD and northern suburbs.
Shaun Marcus is a Partner of the firm. He is an LIV Accredited Specialist in Personal Injuries, practising in this area with a particular focus on workers compensation claims.
Richard Derks is a Partner of the firm and practices in the area of personal injury including WorkSafe and transport accidents. He is an advocate in a variety of forums for the rights of the victims of accidents at work and on the roads.
Published: 6 May 2011
Author: Angela Sdrinis
High Court decision offers Catholic Church immunity in sexual abuse cases
A controversial High Court decision has effectively offered immunity from prosecution for sexual abuse cases brought against the Catholic Church in Australia.
The ruling and the way in which the Church has defended itself make a mockery of public apologies offered to victims of sexual abuse by the Church and heaps further pain on victims.
As a result of this decision, the Australian public should be concerned by the notion that the quality of justice for rape victims should be dependent on the rapists' employer, writes RCT partner Angela Sdrinis in an article previously published in the Herald Sun.
Link to published article:
Pope's sorry an empty gesture: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/popes-sorry-an-empty-gesture/story-e6frfifo-1111116869576