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New claims of sex abuse from South Australia


St Mark's College, Port Pirie, in South Australia, is under investigation over allegations of a sex-abuse cover-up.

The Advertiser resport today that Catholic Education South Australia is conducting the inquiry into the college with final results due to be given to Bishop Eugene Hurley within weeks.

The investigation surrounds allegations of sex-abuse by a former teacher of up to four students who were aged 15 to 16 at the time.

A letter from Catholic Education SA to the parents of students involved states it is also investigating "the procedures applied in dealing with this incident by St Mark's College".

Director of Port Pirie Catholic Education Kathy McEvoy said police had already been involved in the matter.

"Other than saying yes, there is a review, and that we will take seriously the recommendations, I don't want to say anything," she said.

Meanwhile boys at a school run by the Salesian order were allegedly given drugs, alcohol and cigarettes and shown pornographic movies by a pedophile priest who was later jailed.

The account, published in The Age on Saturday, comes from a victim of David Rapson, a priest who earlier this year was defrocked by the Pope for what the Australian superior of the order, Fr Ian Murdoch, has described as horrible offences.

The Age continues its coverage of the sex abuse issue today with a feature on the visit to Melbourne of Australian-born Vatican consultant Canadian Professor Bill Marshall to conduct workshops on how to deal with sexual offenders.

The paper says that "while it took years of victims' protests to force churches to acknowledge sexual abuse by their clergy, the appointment last year of Professor Bill Marshall as a consultant to the Vatican was a significant marker of change".

It says that over the past 36 years, Marshall has become one of the world's most prominent authorities on sexual deviance and treatment of offenders.

SOURCE
New claims of sex abuse (The Advertiser 26/7/04)
Priest used drink on boys: victim (The Age 24/7/04)
Recovery under the Marshall plan (The Age 26/7/04)

LINKS
Workers trained to treat sex offenders (ABC 24/7/04)
New Catholics not detracted by abuse crisis, say their faith is holding strong (Catholic News Agency 23/7/04)
Stop the censor: Victims' fury as child abuse records altered (London Sunday Mail 25/7/04)
Another top Salesian speaks to The Age (CathNews 21/7/04)

26 Jul 2004