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Abuse Claims Against Schools
Sexual abuse by teachers, other members of staff and peer on peer/student abuse is unfortunately common in Australia. Of all abuse survivors who had private sessions with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, almost one in three (31.8 per cent) told the Commissioners they were sexually abused in a school setting as children.
There are various options that are available to resolve claims involving schools, such as taking your matter to court, settling your matter out of court, pursuing a Redress Scheme claim, and other options such as victims of crime claims and Sentencing Act applications. Together we can discuss which option(s) are best suited to your needs.
In terms of claims involving government schools, the Department of Education and Training (DET) is party to the Common Guiding Principles in child sexual abuse claims. These principles provide guidance on how DET should ordinarily respond to civil claims involving allegations of child sexual abuse, including that the Department should be mindful of the potential for litigation to be a traumatic experience for claimants who have suffered sexual abuse.
The State of Victoria also follows Model Litigant Guidelines, which are policy guidelines that set standards for how the State should behave as a party to legal proceedings.
The Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse included an entire volume relating to what it learned about institutional responses to child sexual abuse in government and non-government (Catholic or Independent) primary and secondary schools.
The report examines the nature and adequacy of institutional responses and contributing factors to child sexual abuse in schools as well as making recommendations to prevent child sexual abuse from occurring in schools in the future and to help ensure effective responses to abuse where it does occur.
Sexual And Institutional Abuse FAQs
RCT Law is pursuing or has successfully brought civil claims for compensation (whether in court or settled out of court) in relation to a number of Victorian schools, including:
- Camberwell Grammar School
- Christian College Geelong
- Geelong College
- Geelong Grammar
- Head of Music, Malcolm John convicted of child sex offences
- Resident Doctor, Dr David Brian Mackey convicted of child sex offences
- Graham Dennis convicted of child sex offences
- John Buckley convicted of child sex offences
- Stefan Van Vuuren convicted of child sex offences
- Philippe Trutmann convicted of child sex offences
- John Harvey convicted of child sex offences
- Marcellin College
- Peninsula Grammar
- Scotch College
- St Alipius Primary School, Ballarat East
- Brother Robert Best convicted of child sex offences
- Brother Edward Dowlan convicted of child sex offences
- Brother Stephen Farrell convicted of child sex offences
- St Kevin’s College, Toorak
- St John’s College, Dandenong
- Father Kevin O’Donnell convicted of child sex offences
- St Gerard’s Primary School
- St Leo’s College, Box Hill
- St Matthews Primary School, North Fawkner
- St Patrick’s College, Ballarat
- St Patrick’s College, Sale
- St Paul’s College, Traralgon
- Staff member Gerard McNamara convicted of child sex offences
- St Thomas the Apostle Primary School
- Staff member Willi Kovac convicted of child sex offences
- Father Celso Romanin convicted of child sex offences