Koffels2020-06-29T14:53:59+10:00Another Leader Stands Up to be Counted in the Fight Against Institutional Child Sexual Abuse
Sigmund Leon Sokolowski
In alignment with the fight against institutional child sexual abuse, it was noted in The Age newspaper on 20 June 2020 in an article by Journalist Simone Fox Koob, that the former Australian Idol winner, Natalie Gauci has commenced a Civil Claim in Victoria against the Catholic Archdiocese...
The Christian Brothers and Sexual Abuse in Australian Institutions
History of Christian Brothers
The Christian Brothers are a religious group which is part of the Catholic Church. It was founded in 1802 in Ireland to provide for poor boys education and welfare. The organisation has a long history in Australia. The first Christian Brothers travelled to Australia in 1843 and remained here until 1847. It 1868...
The Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse
The Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse: Why we need to know the whole truth.
Since the release of George Pell subsequent to the quashing of his conviction for abuse of a child, the next step would seem to be the release of further testimony given at the Royal Commission Into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. The Victorian Government is now leading the call for...
The Salvation Army
Evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in a snapshot:
4,029 survivors of child sexual abuse gave evidence to the Royal Commission in private sessions into abuse in religious institutions
294 gave evidence about abuse in Salvation Army institutions (7.3%)
Of those 73.1% were male and 26.9% were female.
Average age at the time they were first abused – 10.3 years...
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...
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...
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...
The National Redress Scheme: Waiving your Common Law Rights
The Government’s National Redress Scheme was implemented on 1 July 2018 following the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The Scheme is an alternative to a civil claim for child sexual abuse (exercising your common law rights). However, the amount of compensation available to a victim under the Scheme is significantly...
At Koffels Solicitors we have been watching with great interest, the recent Summit held by the Vatican. In essence, this investigated the deplorable history of the abuse of children by members of the clergy.
Unfortunately, it would seem that the same rhetoric has been brought out to give the appearance of action against this global scourge. Overall, the victims don’t want words, they want action,...
Former De La Salle Revesby Student Awarded $1.5 Million for Child Sexual Abuse
On 5 October 2018, the Supreme Court of New South Wales entered Judgment in favour of a Plaintiff who was the victim of child sexual abuse in the amount of $1,548,488.75 plus costs.
The Judgment was adopted from the findings of former Judge of the District Court of New South Wales and Justice of the ACT Supreme Court, Ms Margaret Sidis. Also, Ms Sidis was...