Banora Point’s Fiona Barnett speaks  outside the Royal Commission headquarters.
Banora Point’s Fiona Barnett speaks outside the Royal Commission headquarters. Contributed

Sex abuse victim inundated by calls of fellow sufferers

BANORA Point Royal Commission witness Fiona Barnett, who claims to be the victim of a “VIP pedophile ring”, said that since making her claims public on Friday she had been “inundated” with calls from other victims.

Ms Barnett, at the invitation of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) told media on Friday she had reported her childhood abuse but no police investigation had taken place into those alleged to have been responsible, including a former prime minister.

Since then, Ms Barnett has been contacted by Sutherland Shire police to make a formal statement.

“I have been inundated via social media and through SNAP with victims of the VIP pedophile ring,” Ms Barnett said.

“The victims are phoning, they’re crying, they’re thankful to me for talking on behalf of the fragile; those who are too broken and too fearful to speak.”

She said it was likely another alleged victim of a high-profile person would speak publicly later this week.

Her story comes after Senator Bill Heffernan raised the allegations in Parliament last week, calling on the Royal Commission to extend its terms of reference to include the “institution of the law”, as he tabled a police report containing the names of 28 prominent people, including a former prime minister, who had not been investigated.

Former Royal Commissioner James Wood has rejected claims he failed to properly investigate.



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