Dying victim wins million dollar settlement from Christian Brothers

 
sunrise over lake September 4, 2018 by Peter Kelso

Terminally ill man Paul Bradshaw has reached a landmark settlement of $1 million dollars in his case against Christian Brothers.

Bradshaw was bravely prepared to testify in court on his treatment while residing at Castledare Junior Orphanage and Clontarf Orphanage in the 1950s and 60s when a settlement was reached.

Bradshaw was abused by three different Brothers:

Brother Lawrence Murphy

Brother Bruno Doyle

Brother Christopher Angus

Bradshaw is the first victim to achieve a victory after Western Australia removed the statute of limitations on cases of historical child sexual abuse.

The statute was changed at the end of 2017, allowing victims of historical institutional abuse to sue the institution or church responsible for their sexual abuse.

NSW is following suit, with the laws set to be changed by the end of 2018. This landmark ruling sets a precedent for abuse victims across Australia and is an encouraging step forward for victims after years of having their cases unheard.

The Christian Brothers have paid a total of $48.5 million to 763 victims, with an average payment of $64,000.

Mr Bradshaw was put in a psychiatric hospital for speaking out about the horrific abuse he suffered at the hands of the Brothers, and was regularly beaten after telling a nun he was being sexually abused. His compensation payment will be used to help his family, Mr Bradshaw told the media.

He was homeless and lived on the streets for many years, and hopes the money will ensure his family never have to do the same.

If you have been thinking about speaking out about the abuse you suffered as a child at the hands of the Christian Brothers – call Kelso Lawyers today. We want to help you achieve justice for your suffering.

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