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
For decades, victims of clerical paedophilia in Ballarat had suffered in silence. With the first conviction of Gerald Ridsdale in 1993,...
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...
The Ballarat Diocese of the Catholic Church became the epicentre of an epidemic of clerical paedophilia. The obvious question is: how c...
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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.
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
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.