Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Abuse Victim Speaks Out

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Abuse Victim Speaks Out

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Byline: LEAH WHITE leah.white@northernstar.com.au

FOUR decades after David McNamara was sexually abused as a young boy by a "ring" of Catholic Church paedophiles, the Northern Rivers man has filed his allegations, for the first time, with police after being officially released from a church "gag" order last month.

Mr McNamara claims he was first sexually abused by Father Roger "Gabriel" Mount in a sick bed at the Kendall Grange home for intellectually disabled boys near Newcastle when he was 12 years old.

"Just before I was pubescent, I was sexually abused, by Roger Mount, when I was in a sick bed," he said.

"And then after that, he would sort of abuse me whenever it was convenient.

"He would come to my bed at night and touch me again, and after a while, he got me to touch his penis.

"Then after that he would touch me whilst I was sitting next to him in the television room and he would get me to masturbate him."

Father Mount's sexual abuse would continue for over a year, until he left the Kendall Grange home.

However, Mr McNamara would go onto endure a total of about three years of abuse, at the hands of two other priests .

Mr McNamara said he was also traumatised by being "shoved" in the home for convenience, despite having no intellectual disability.

Mr McNamara said he first notified the Catholic Church of the abuse in 1991 and was told to take up it up with the St John of God Order.

For the abuse and its lifelong consequences, Mr McNamara was given a payout of $91,000, $11,000 of which went to legal fees, and the remaining amount towards counselling, medical bills and relocating to the Northern Rivers.

Along with the settlement, Mr McNamara was asked to sign a deed of release which contained a "silence" clause, preventing him from discussing the abuse, abusers and where it occurred. …

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