George Pell, a cardinal in the roman catholic church, has been found guilty of sexually abusing two thirteen year old boys in 1996. Two months ago in December the case was brought to light but in order to not sway the jury the details of the trial were withheld from being released to the public due to suppression laws. Now, twenty two years later the two choir boys have justice against a man who abused not only them but also his power at an archbishop at the time
Due to law in Victoria state its illegal to name victims of sexual assault*
The victim stated that it took him years to understand the impact the assault had on his life. Pell was fifty five at the time when he caught two young choir boys drinking communion wine after a Sunday service when he forced himself upon them. The living survivor of Pell said he was left feeling “shame, loneliness, depression and struggle” as a result of the abuse. He has never spoken out against Pell in fear of his position in the church. “At some point we realize that we trusted someone we should have feared and we fear those genuine relationships that we should trust.” said the victim about how he has coped since the tragedy. One of the boys has since died of an accidental heroin overdose in 2014 at the age of 30 before he could see his abused receive punishment for his vial deeds. He had never spoken to his parents about the abuse, the father now believes that the assault is what led his son to turn to drugs. Lawyers representing the father of the other victim had compelled him to speak up, in his realization of what happened to his son he said he believes his son suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. He had a scholarship St. Kevin’s because of his singing voice, however his attitude was severely affected at school after the abuse. His fellow school choir member described him as a bully who became withdrawn, completely estranged from his past self. If he was questioned about what the problem was he would avoid, or straight up deny the question.