Judy Courtin advocates for victims of child sexual abuse

Judy Courtin wasn’t the first to call for a Royal Commission to investigate sexual assault and the Catholic Church; victims of child sexual abuse, lawyers and advocates had been calling for one for years.

Judy Courtin lawyer and advocate for victims of child sexual abuse=Judy Courtin – Lawyer and Advocate

Never see a need without doing something about it.
– Mary MacKillop

It was only in 2006, after her mid-life career change from being a chiropractor to becoming a human rights lawyer, that she learned a close family member had been abused at school by a Christian Brother. This inspired her to learn more about the difficulties faced by victims of child sexual abuse by Catholic religious. Her unique insights would bring a fresh look to an age-old problem. And she made sure her call for a Royal Commission was heard.

This is the story of how she did it.
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Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett–Social Entrepreneurs

Let us not develop an education that creates in the mind of the student a hope of becoming rich and having the power to dominate [but one that forms] the lofty ideal of loving, of preparing oneself to serve and to give oneself to others.
– Archbishop Oscar Romero

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Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett

It was June 2014 and 20-year-old Lucas Patchett had just returned to Brisbane from a working holiday in Canada. He was about continue his Chemical Engineering course at the University of Queensland when he met up with his ex-school mate, Nicholas Marchesi. That meeting would turn their world upside down.
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Edmund Rice – Social Entrepreneur

People change for two main reasons: either their minds have been opened or their hearts have been broken”
― Steven Aitchison

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Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice (1762–1844)
Bronze Bust by Kris-Ann Ehrich

Edmund Rice, a successful Irish businessman, had the world at his feet. And yet he gave away his fortune in pursuing a dream to educate the poor. His friends said he was crazy. Why did he do it and how did he achieve so much as a social reformer?
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