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Father David Rapson of the Salesians – A Call For Witnesses

The echoes of a dark past reverberate through the halls of many Salesian institutions across Australia, where the trust placed in figures like Father David Rapson was shattered by his grievous acts of child abuse. Known for his tenure at several respected Salesian schools, predominantly between the mid-1970s and 1990, his actions continue to impact the lives of those who survived his abuses and their families.

Father David Rapson is a former Catholic priest who was convicted of multiple sexual offences against children. He was associated with the Salesians of Don Bosco, a religious order that operates schools in Australia. Rapson’s crimes took place at several Catholic schools in Victoria, Tasmania, and New South Wales.

It was not until survivors came forward that the veil of secrecy began to lift, leading to Rapson’s 13-year sentence for his abuse of children.

Background: Father David Rapson’s Tenure and Crimes:

Father David Rapson served at several Salesian locations, including

  • Salesian College “Rupertswood” in Sunbury,
  • Salesian College in Chadstone,
  • St Joseph’s College in Ferntree Gully and the
  • Salesian Retreat Centre in Lysterfield.

Call to Action for Survivors:

Survivors of Father Rapson’s abuse, or those who may have witnessed his misconduct, are urged to come forward. Koffels Solicitors and Barristers, a leading firm in historical abuse compensation, can ensure you’re on the right path to get the best legal outcome.

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