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Ballarat in western Victoria became the location of an epidemic of clerical paedophilia. The dark tragedy affects thousands of lives to this day. It is widely acknowledged the Catholic Church protected its worst offenders and moved them on to prey on new unsuspecting communities. What is not understood is the Victoria Police Force also bears a grave responsibility for the betrayal of Ballarat's children.

Ballarat's children The Australian

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    • 4.5 • 122 Ratings

Ballarat in western Victoria became the location of an epidemic of clerical paedophilia. The dark tragedy affects thousands of lives to this day. It is widely acknowledged the Catholic Church protected its worst offenders and moved them on to prey on new unsuspecting communities. What is not understood is the Victoria Police Force also bears a grave responsibility for the betrayal of Ballarat's children.

    Broken silence, broken lives

    Broken silence, broken lives

    For decades, victims of clerical paedophilia in Ballarat had suffered in silence. With the first conviction of Gerald Ridsdale in 1993,...

    • 28 min
    Without let or restraint

    Without let or restraint

    In the wake of the Ryan-Day episode in 1972, rates of clerical offending exploded in the Ballarat Diocese. Priests and religious figure...

    • 28 min
    The smother

    The smother

    The Ballarat Diocese of the Catholic Church became the epicentre of an epidemic of clerical paedophilia. The obvious question is: how c...

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
122 Ratings

122 Ratings

Stricklandstreet ,

Thankyou for letting the truth out

It’s an important story that needed telling, but sad and tragic. Lots of interviews with the victims and the police that tried in vein to prosecute. Thanks to the victims for speaking out. Onky criticism is the sound is a bit low, hard to hear, especially episode 3.

magnatronic ,

Brilliantly told, so heartbreaking

Peter Hoysted is such a brilliant narrator and interviewer - factual concise and with empathy
I feel so sad for the victims of these abhorrent actions and also for Detective at the time, Dennis Ryan

Mezzles21 ,

Heartbreaking

I really struggled listening to this podcast. My heart breaks for the loss of innocence these children experienced. I just hope some kind of justice is served, albeit financial or otherwise. I know the victims/survivors will never get their normality back, but at the very least these sick perpetrators are made accountable for what they did. Thank you for sharing your stories.

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