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Historical Abuse at St Mary’s Agricultural School

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse exposed deeply troubling findings regarding the Christian Brothers’ operations in Western Australia, particularly at St Mary’s Agricultural School in Tardun. The comprehensive reports detail abuses from the late 1920s to the 1980s, uncovering decades of neglect and misconduct.

Historical Insights and Overview

The first allegations at St Mary’s Agricultural School emerged in the late 1920s, with the Christian Brothers’ Provincial Council becoming aware of abuse issues as early as 1919. Critical management failures were particularly evident from 1947 to 1968, during which the safety and well-being of children were grossly neglected.

Key Findings from the Royal Commission

The Commission’s investigation underscores the widespread abuse and the complexity of the institution’s response, often constrained by canon law. These findings were notably significant during resolving a class action lawsuit against the Christian Brothers, highlighting the challenges of legal redress in such cases.

Call for Witnesses and Survivors

Koffels Solicitors and Barristers urgently invite former students, staff, and others with knowledge of activities at St Mary’s during the affected decades to come forward. Your contributions are vital to ensure comprehensive legal actions and to secure justice for all survivors.

Koffels’ Legal Expertise

Koffels stands as a beacon of legal advocacy for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. Our firm specializes in complex historical abuse cases, focusing on achieving the best legal resolutions and appropriate compensation. While we offer empathetic legal support, it’s important to note that we do not provide counselling or mental health services. We can, however, recommend professional support services to complement the legal strategies we pursue.

Understanding Your Legal Rights

Survivors must understand their legal options. Our expertise includes navigating the nuances of statutes of limitations and the intricacies of evidentiary challenges in historical abuse cases. We are dedicated to making your voice heard and advocating for your legal rights.

Contact Koffels for Expert Legal Support

If you are impacted by the events at St Mary’s Agricultural School, please reach out.

We understand the profound courage required to address these painful experiences and are committed to providing legal support to aid your journey toward justice. Koffels Solicitors and Barristers will guide you through this important legal process.

1 replies to Historical Abuse at St Mary’s Agricultural School

  1. Presumably you have studied, Brother/Dr Barry Coldrey’s book, THE SCHEME on this matter.
    plus this comment by Brother Coldrey going into care this last few days.

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