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Salvation Army Sexual Abuse

Salvation Army Boys Homes

The Salvation Army Boys Homes in New South Wales and Queensland The Salvation Army operations in Australia are divided in those of the Eastern Territory (Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT) and the Southern Territory (Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory). Additionally, the Salvation Army has long maintained a respected position in Australian society. As a charity and a church it engages...

Church Sexual Abuse

What is a Destroyed Life Worth

What is a life Destroyed by Institutional Sexual Abuse of a Child Worth? What goes on behind the scenes in an Institutional Child Sexual Abuse matter? Plenty! It has recently been reported in The Age that a “Landmark” settlement of approximately $3 Million inclusive of costs had been achieved against the Catholic Church for abuses perpetrated against a child in the confessional by serial paedophile priest...

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Paul Frost

Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

Institutional Child Sexual Abuse: Betrayal at the Hands of Those We Trusted In another sad tale of abused children at the hands of trusted adults, swim instructor, Paul Frost, is currently under investigation for the grooming, indecent assault and aggravated sexual assault perpetrated against children between 1997 and 2009. Sometimes the hardest part for victims can be that people holding the position of teacher or instructor,...

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George Pell Appeal

George Pell Stays Where He Belongs

George Pell Stays Where He Belongs and Victims March On Make no mistake, the Appeal denial regarding the sentencing of George Pell  has been a landmark decision for victims of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse everywhere.  No matter who or where they are, the law is getting stronger and stronger to take perpetrators to justice. At Koffels we are truly relieved and encouraged by the judgement set...

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Pell Appeal

The Victorian Court of Appeal has today upheld  on appeal Cardinal George Pell’s convictions for sexually abusing two then 13-year-old boys. Cardinal George Pell's appeal failed. On 11 December 2018, Cardinal George Pell was convicted unanimously by a jury of 12 men and women in the County Court of Victoria of five charges of sexual offending against two young choir boys in 1996 at St...

Sexual Abuse Witness Call

Call for Witnesses – The Scots College

"CALL FOR WITNESSES TO COME FORWARD” The Scots College PH: 02 9283 5599 John Beckett John Beckett (“Beckett”) was a long-standing and respected teacher at The Scots College. He was appointed as a mathematics teacher in 1974 and taught at the school from 1974 until 1999. During the 1970s, 80s and 90s he was involved in the many facets of school life including pastoral care and extracurricular activities....

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Knox Grammar – Child Porn and Drugs

Yet another Knox Grammar teacher has been recently found embroiled in a child sexual abuse scandal. Nicholas Warby was arrested by police on Monday afternoon the 5th August 2019 for child porn and drugs. The 30 year old man has been in a teaching role at Knox Grammar since 2017 as Director of Aquatic Sports according to his Linked-In profile. The arrest occurred after a...

Clement Public School

Clemton Park School Child Institutional Sex Abuse

Former Teacher Charged with Child Sex Abuse in 1970's Clement Park Public School Police arrested a 67 year old man at his house in Woolooware, Sydney in relation to institutional child sex abuse charges. He was charged with indecently assaulting a female student at the primary school in Sydney's south-west more than 40 years ago. It is reported that detectives have been investigating said allegations of...

Institutional Sexual Abuse

Cult Leader Jailed for 10 Years

Institutional Sexual Abuse Many of the assault victims that Koffels Solicitors & Barristers see professionally through our offices and on a daily basis have been victims of institutional sexual abuse. That having been said; we are also well aware that any predatory behaviour indulged in by the perpetrators of these crimes can occur within any and every forum. Institutional sexual abuse is only one arena...

Sexual Abuse Witness Call

Call for Witnesses – Robert “Dolly” Dunn

"CALL FOR WITNESSES TO COME FORWARD” Robert "Dolly" Dunn and the Marist Brothers Schools PH: 02 9283 5599 Robert “Dolly” Dunn Robert “Dolly” Dunn was a former school teacher at Marist College Penshurst where he was continuously employed from 1971 to 1987. Dunn is known as a notorious paedophile and drug dealer who had a long history of abusing boys between the ages of 7 and 15 years old....

Sexual Abuse Witness Call

Call for Witnesses – Kostka Chute

“CALL FOR WITNESSES TO COME FORWARD” “Brother Kostka Chute and the Marist Brothers Schools” PH: 02 9283 5599 John William Chute, also known by his religious name as Brother Kostka, was a teacher and principal at a large number of schools operated by the Marist Brothers in Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. He was a sexual predator who abused numerous young boys over...

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If you signed a Deed, is it always binding?

To Victims of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse: If you signed a Deed, is it always binding? Not always. We are repeatedly hearing stories of victims of childhood institutional abuse who over the years have received paltry payouts from their abusers after signing a Deed, declaring that they will no longer pursue the institution for further claims, and entering into a non-disclosure agreement. In many circumstances these...

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Clergy Above The Law

Clergy is not Above the Law

The Clergy is not Above the Law: The Pope Introduces Mandatory Reporting for Allegations of Sexual Assault and Child Abuse In February 2019, Pope Francis announced that he would mandate the reporting of sexual assault and child abuse by the clergy and church officials.  Pope Francis released an Apostolic Letter which reads, “The crimes of sexual abuse offend Our Lord, cause physical, psychological and spiritual damage...

South Australian School Teacher Jailed

South Australian School Teacher Jailed

Former South Australian School Teacher Jailed for Abusing Students Stephen John Hamra, a former primary school teacher at St Ignatius College and Christian Brothers College in South Australia has been found guilty of persistent sexual exploitation of a child and maintaining an unlawful sexual relationship with a child between 1977 and 1982. He was sentenced by Adelaide District Court Judge Paul Rice on the 4 April...

Pseudonyms in Historical Sexual Abuse

Pseudonyms in Historic Child Sexual Abuse

The Use of Suppression Orders and Pseudonyms in Historic Child Sexual Abuse Cases A common barrier to seeking compensation for people who have suffered sexual abuse as a child in institutional settings is a sense of fear. Additionally embarrassment or shame occur at the prospect of being identified as a victim/survivor of child sexual abuse. The decision to seek redress for historic child sexual abuse...

Equestrian Safety

Equestrian Safety – Generational Change Needed

Please see original article published in The Australian newspaper on 15 April 2019 here: https://koffels.com.au/official-warned-riders-risk-more-falls/ Generational Change Needed to Bring Equestrian Safety into 21st Century Koffels Solicitors & Barristers view with interest and applaud the article in The Australian on the 15 April 2019 regarding safety protocol at Equestrian Events, and specifically in Eventing. We have long held the view that the standards within equestrian sports...

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