SA Man 'Abused in Confessional Box'

August 2, 2006

A South Australian man is suing the Catholic Church claiming he was subjected to sexual abuse as a child inside the church's confessional box.

The man, now in his late 40s, claims he suffers from increasing flashbacks from being sexually abused by a Catholic Monsignor at a parish in the state's mid-north more than 30 years ago.

The Monsignor has died since.

In his District Court statement of claim, the man says the Monsignor sexually assaulted him each week as he gave confession, estimating the total number of incidents at about 1,000.

He is suing the Port Pirie Diocese of the Catholic Church for damages, claiming the church had failed to understand the prevalence of child sex abuse within its ranks.

The church has been given until later this month to file its defence.


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