The Church will make a $2.45 million payout to a clergy sexual abuse survivor in Western Australia, in what is believed to be a record payout. Source: WA Today.
Peter* will receive $2.45 million-plus legal costs to compensate him for abuse by teacher and priest Bertram Adderley, who groomed and raped him between 1977 and 1980 when he was aged 10 to 12.
Lawyers involved in seeking restitution for victims of sexual abuse say they believe the settlement is up to $1 million higher than any payout previously awarded to someone suing the Catholic Church.
A series of significant payouts for sexual abuse have dwarfed those being offered by the Commonwealth Government’s National Redress Scheme, set up after the child sex abuse royal commission.
In the last financial year, the scheme made 2504 redress payments, ranging from less than $10,000 to $150,000, with an average payment of $81,876, Government records show.
Peter's settlement was offered on January 13, just hours after he entered the witness box at his District Court civil trial in Perth and told how Adderley, who died in 1983, abused him over several years.
Peter's lawyer, Melbourne-based Michael Magazanik from Rightside Legal, said the landmark payout was proof victims of abuse could get proper compensation if they had the determination to fight.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Perth declined to comment.
* Not his real name
Catholic Church makes record payout in child sex abuse case (By Heather Mitchell, WA Today)