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Ribbons of Grief

Ribbons of Grief

Victims of sexual abuse remembered.


A sea of coloured ribbons continues to grow on the fence outside the Catholic church in Lava Street Warrnambool ... following Cardinal George Pell's sentencing yesterday.

Pell has been jailed for six years for sexually abusing two choir boys at St Patrick's Cathedral and will be eligible for release after 3 years and 8 months.

The ribbons are a show of support for the victims and their families.

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Hundreds of ribbons were tied to the front fence of the Catholic Church in Lava Street Warrnambool on Tuesday afternoon.

The ribbons are in recognition of those who have been impacted by sexual abuse within the Catholic church world wide.

Around 100 people, as part of the Loud Fence Movement, took part in a quiet protest where they each tied a colourful ribbon to the fence.

One of the organisers Annie McRae says they thought it was very timely to show their support as they await George Pells sentence on Wednesday.

Annie says anyone is welcome to tie a ribbon to the fence as a show of support.

She says it's not only for the victims, but for their families, and the wider community that has been impacted in anyway.

The invitation was sent via a Facebook post for people to come and tie a ribbon.

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