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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Faith-based institutions in New Zealand need to be included when the government investigates the abuse of children in state care, says a psychologist involved with Australia's inquiry into abuse.

The Labour-led government has promised to set up an inquiry and groups of survivors want its scope broadened.

They are being backed by psychologist Michelle Mulvihill, who was a consultant to Australia's royal commission on institutional sex abuse.

Dr Mulvihill spent nine years consulting around child sex abuse cases at the St John of God Brothers, which included a New Zealand case in Canterbury where there were 76 victims at the hands of two priests.

She said the Australian commission found the majority of children sexually assaulted were abused in faith-based institutions so they should be included in New Zealand's inquiry.

She said if it did not happen, only half the story would be told.








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