Former Anglican bishop admits failure to help abuse victims

Former bishop shamed

The former head of the Grafton Anglican diocese says he is totally humiliated for personally falling 'very short' in dealing with the victims of sex abuse, reports the Newcastle Herald.

Keith Slater, the former Bishop of Grafton in northern NSW, yesterday told the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse that he felt deep sorrow about the way he had handled claims from dozens of former residents of a children's home on the NSW north coast.

A royal commission is examining the response of the Diocese of Grafton to claims of child abuse involving clergy and staff at the former North Coast Children's Home at Lismore from 1944 to 1985.

The Sydney hearing is focused on the response to a group claim made by about 40 former residents of the home, who claimed to have suffered sexual, physical and psychological abuse there.

'I want to express my deep sorrow to those who were abused, who were claimants, during my time as the bishop of the Diocese of Grafton,' Bishop Slater told the commission yesterday. 'I fell short, very short, in my oversight of the protocol and the processes that were required.'

He said he was 'personally totally humiliated in myself in this regard.'

The Anglican Church would now review financial settlements to more than 40 alleged victims of sex abuse at the home, the commission heard.

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