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Child Sexual Abuse Can Occur Anywhere

With changing attitudes and perceptions towards Childhood Sexual Abuse, our understanding of Childhood Sexual Abuse is developing and we are confirming that sexual abuse can occur in almost any setting.

We have learnt that at the Celtic Boys Club, which is a famous youth football club based in Glasgow, Scotland, that they have had numerous allegations of inappropriate behaviour and subsequent Child Sexual Abuse.

Allegations have recently been made against the founder of Celtic Boys Club. Also against a former youth coach Jim Torbett during two stints at football club from the mid-1960s to 1996.

The players who had made the allegations said they didn’t feel like they could tell anyone about what was going on.  Additionally this man had a sense of control over them. He was in a position of authority, and had obtained the trust of the their families. It was stated by one of the victims that it “was as if he had a hold over us”. Such abuses of power and tyranny should never be allowed. Unfortunately this type of behaviour is often concealed.

Similar stories have been heard within sporting organisations in Australia prompting the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to examine the child protection policies of organisations including; Cricket Australia, Netball Australia, Little Athletics, Tennis Australia and Football NSW.

This disturbing information indicates how vigilant people must be in all facets of life. Especially when it comes to the protection of children.

However as Sexual Assault Lawyers, at Koffels we are experienced in claims of this nature and we can provide advice and help to victims.   We advise that if you have experienced Childhood Sexual Assault please do not hesitate to contact our office. Additionally, all enquiries are held strictly confidential.

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