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Grace Tame demands that paedophiles’ superannuation is used as compensation for their victims

Grace Tame has joined a campaign to stop convicted pedophiles from avoiding paying victims compensation by hiding their assets in their pensions.

In several cases, victims whose lives were devastated by “horrific” child sexual abuse have not been able to receive full compensation because their perpetrators moved assets to the safety of their super accounts.

In some cases, convicted offenders who have protected their assets from compensation return to “lavish lifestyles” after short prison terms, Ms Tame claimed.

Grace Tame has joined a campaign to stop convicted pedophiles from paying compensation to victims by hiding their assets in their pension

Grace Tame has joined a campaign to stop convicted pedophiles from paying compensation to victims by hiding their assets in their pension

A survivor, Melissa Snelling, whose abuser had put his assets into retirement before being found guilty of persistent childhood sexual abuse against her, spoke out

A survivor, Melissa Snelling, whose abuser had put his assets into retirement before being found guilty of persistent childhood sexual abuse against her, spoke out

Ms Snelling said she didn't

Ms Snelling said she didn’t “have a chance to build a life” and is now unable to work and has to pay for constant help from psychologists, counselors and counselors

Currently, the law prohibits a pension compensation claim, meaning victims live in poverty even after a successful claim.

The Super for Survivors campaign has called on the Albanian government to enact an amendment to the bankruptcy law to close the loophole.

It would mean that the super accounts of convicted pedophiles would be a source of money to pay compensation to their victims.

The change nearly became law in 2018, but there were concerns that families of convicted criminals could suffer and receive benefits once pedophiles were released from prison.

Former magistrate Peter Liddy (pictured) was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2001 for sexually abusing boys between 1969 and 1986. He often targeted his victims at a rescue club in Adelaide during camping trips in the 1980s

Former magistrate Peter Liddy (pictured) was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2001 for sexually abusing boys between 1969 and 1986. He often targeted his victims at a rescue club in Adelaide during camping trips in the 1980s

‘Wouldn’t you rather put a pedophile on benefits? [than] a survivor whose fault it is not?’ Mrs. Tame said at 7:30.

A survivor, Melissa Snelling, whose convicted abuser managed to put his assets into retirement before being found guilty of continued childhood sexual abuse against her, spoke out.

Ms Snelling said she didn’t “have a chance to build a life” and is now unable to work and has to pay for constant help from psychologists, counselors and counselors.

She also required multiple surgeries, which she believes are related to the abuse.

‘Is there a day when I won’t suffer? I’m not sure, it’s been a battle and I’m still fighting,” Ms Snelling said.

Attorney Andrew Carpenter, who represented Melissa Snelling, wants convicted pedophiles' pensions to be made available for victims' compensation claims

Attorney Andrew Carpenter, who represented Melissa Snelling, wants convicted pedophiles’ pensions to be made available for victims’ compensation claims

Super for Survivors is supported by the Grace Tame Foundation, with Fighters Against Child Abuse Australia and The Carly Ryan Foundation

The organizations want a change in the law to prevent convicted sex offenders from avoiding full compensation

Super for Survivors is supported by the Grace Tame Foundation, which includes Fighters Against Child Abuse Australia and The Carly Ryan Foundation. They want a change in the law to prevent convicted sex offenders from avoiding full compensation

Ms Tame said that given the “calculated, premeditated” nature of child sexual abuse, which incurs “life sentences” from trauma, there is “no doubt” the change should happen.

The campaign claims that “vigorous repeat offenders can appear poor on paper. This allows them to return to their lavish lifestyle immediately after completing typically short sentences financially unscathed.”

Peter Liddy and Maurice van Ryn were both high-profile pedophiles whose pensions were unavailable when compensation was paid to their many victims.

Liddy, a former magistrate, was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2001 for sexually abusing boys between 1969 and 1986.

He often targeted his victims at a life-saving surf club in Adelaide during camping trips in the 1980s.

Van Ryn was sentenced to at least 13 years in prison in 2015 after pleading guilty to assaulting children between the ages of eight and 16.

The disgraced sex offender has attempted to escape compensating the young people he abused by claiming he ran out of his last $26,000, but is believed to have had previous shares worth about $9 million.

A similarly involved lawyer, Andrew Carpenter, told Daily Mail Australia he is ready to fly to Canberra and meet Assistant Treasurer Stephen Jones.

“Here’s the deal: This will save taxpayers billions, punish pedophiles and act as a deterrent,” he told the Daily Mail Australia.

“It’s a no-brainer, the only people who are against the change are pedophiles.”

The organizations behind the Super for Survivors campaign urgently want to meet with Deputy Treasurer Stephen Jones (pictured left, with Governor General David Hurley in June 2022)

The organizations behind the Super for Survivors campaign urgently want to meet with Deputy Treasurer Stephen Jones (pictured left, with Governor General David Hurley in June 2022)

“We often see offenders receiving a short sentence, while victims receive a life sentence with injuries sustained.”

‘we say’ [the change] should only be for child sex crimes because such actions against a child have no legal justification, while in a murder you can invoke mitigating factors, but they never justify child sexual abuse.”

Super for Survivors is supported by the Grace Tame Foundation, which includes Fighters Against Child Abuse Australia and The Carly Ryan Foundation.

In a statement to the ABC, Mr Jones said:

Daily Mail Australia approached Treasury and Stephen Jones for comment.

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