An altar boy’s tale of ‘fear, shame and guilt’

Pete DillonPete Dillon has welcome the royal commission into child sexual abuse.

  • Victim says stories can be told without fear, shame
  • Pete Dillon was eight when abused by priest
  • “I kept that scared little boy with me for a long time”
  • He campaigned for change: More than 18,000 signed his petition

A FORMER victim has applauded the Government’s announcement of a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, saying tens of thousands can now tell their story “without fear, shame and guilt”.

Pete Dillon was an eight-year-old altar boy when he was “forced and coerced” into performing sexual acts by a Catholic priest in regional Victoria.

He was warned he couldn’t tell anyone about the abuse, which went on for a couple of years, and he didn’t. He kept the truth hidden for 22 years.

Read the rest here November 13, 2012 8:50AM

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