This lawyer said the Cathlic Church may be forced to sell millions of dollars worth of land and property.. This lawyer has based his estimate on a figure out of the Victorian parliamentary inquiry which has been informed that there are 10,000 victims in that state. In Ireland, a Redress Board set up for a similar inquiry received over 16,000 claims.
The lawyer said :'What the abusers did in secret, they thought the children would never tell, but thirty years later they want to talk.' The lawyer said that the compensation money woud help victims restore them to some better form of life, that they might have had, had their lives not been torn apart by abuse as children. Some victims won't give evidence because, by recalling memories of victimisation, it could have disastrous psychological effects . Nonetheless, more are coming forward to speak out publically about their abuse.