Ken Clearwater, from Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, says he’s been fighting for an independent inquiry since the Boston Globe uncovered huge abuse within the Catholic Church around the world, as seen in Oscar award-winning film Spotlight.
In Australia, a child abuse Royal Commission is looking into what institutions and governments should do to better protect children against child sexual abuse.
Bill Kilgallon, who handles the Catholic Church’s sex abuse claims, says if we do have one it should be similar to the one currently being held in Australia.
Mr Kilgallon says the decision for a Royal Commission lies with the Government, but they would support and cooperate with an inquiry.
However, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says New Zealand has a different process in dealing with church sex abuse victims than Australia, such as with the Confidential Listening Service.