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Brother John Climacus Kissane – Child Abuser

Brother John Climacus Kissane, a member of the Christian Brothers, has a history that highlights serious matters requiring attention and action. His time as an educator in Catholic schools was marred by hideous misconduct that has since been acknowledged by the Christian Brothers, leading to substantial compensation for survivors.

The Schools Affected by Brother Kissane

Brother Kissane’s offences were reported at several institutions, including:

  • St Joseph’s College in Geelong, Victoria:
    A prominent Catholic school known for its strong educational programs and community involvement, but also a site of reported abuse by Brother Kissane.
  • St Virgil’s College in Hobart, Tasmania:
    This Catholic day school for boys, part of the Edmund Rice tradition, was one of the institutions where Brother Kissane committed misconduct.
  • St Joseph’s College in Pascoe Vale, Melbourne:
    Another key institution where Brother Kissane served and where reports of his actions surfaced.
  • Emmanuel College (formerly Christian Brothers College) in Warrnambool, Victoria:
    Known for its comprehensive education, this college was also affected by Brother Kissane’s actions.
  • St Joseph’s Technical College in South Melbourne: This institution provided technical education to many, yet it, too, was a location of reported abuse.

These institutions were the settings for the actions of Brother Kissane, prompting the Christian Brothers to respond with acknowledgment and compensation.

Compensation from the Christian Brothers

After Brother Kissane’s passing in 2018, the Christian Brothers’ portrayal of him as a “highly respected” member of their Order has been a source of contention, especially for the survivors of his institutional child abuse. The Order has since acknowledged the misconduct and has taken steps to compensate those survivors who have been brave enough to step forward.

Support for Survivors of Historic Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

Survivors of Brother Kissane’s actions have a right to seek redress and compensation. It is essential for them to be aware of the history and the institutions involved. Legal assistance can provide the necessary support to navigate the process towards justice and compensation.

Contact Koffels Solicitors and Barristers Today

At Koffels Solicitors and Barristers, we are committed to standing by survivors of Brother John Climacus Kissane’s abuses and the institutions where abuse has occurred. Our dedicated team is here to help you navigate the legal process and achieve the justice and compensation you deserve.

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