The Seven Virtues to STOP Institutional Sexual Abuse
The Royal Commission into Institutional Sexual Abuse identified a number of systemic issues within institutions which have led to abuse occurring. Identifying the systemic issues provides us with an opportunity to act to address deficiencies within institutions and to ensure such issues are not repeated in the future. What might be some ways to stop institutional sexual...
Another Teacher Discovered and Arrested for Attempted Child Abuse
It was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald today in an article by Mary Ward, that a teacher otherwise employed by Trinity Grammar School had been charged with on-line grooming of what he believed to be a 13 year old girl.
There is no suggestion that any student attending Trinity Grammar had been subject to any abusive...
Former Christian Brother, Brother Desmond Eric “Neil” Richards, commonly known as Brother Neil Richards or Brother Neil, abused his trusted position as a Brother, teacher and principal and committed shocking crimes against children over a 20-year period from the 1960s to 1980s. Decades later he has finally been brought to justice for various crimes as further details of his abuse continue to emerge.
Malka Leifer is Mentally Fit to Stand Trial, but What About the Mental Well-being of the Victims?
It is concerning to note that repeated claims of poor mental health and depression have been the defence of Malka Leifer against extradition to stand trial in Australia, where she has been indicted on 74 charges of sexual abuse and rape during her tenure as Headmistress at a...
Pattern of Abuse and Church Sex Abuse Sadly Repeated in Poland – Second Film Released in Honour of Victims of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse
One year after Tomasz Sekielski’s ground-breaking release of “Tell No One”, a second film, “Playing Hide and Seek”, was released on YouTube on 17 May 2020.
Since its release on YouTube a year ago the first self funded documentary, “Tell No One”,...
Child abuse and neglect are a scourge on Australian society. Not only does child abuse and neglect have extremely negative and long lasting impacts on individuals, but on collective society as well.
Child abuse and neglect has a significant cost to the Australian economy. The prevention of child abuse and neglect must be a priority for governments, non-government organisations and the wider community.
Direct and Indirect...
When do you draw the line on your personal ethical stand for the protection of children.
On the 23 February of this year, in the Sydney Morning Herald reporter Michael Koziol wrote about the concerning issue regarding Stephen Russell, past Headmaster of St Kevin’s College in Melbourne. Mr Russell had provided a character reference for Peter Kehoe, a coach at St Kevin’s, who was convicted...
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 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...
Koffels2019-05-17T22:23:49+10:00To read the original article published in The Australian newspaper and written by Olivia Caisley, please click here.
Knox Faces Payout Claim
Our client, Phillip Ashworth, spoke to The Australian about what he asserts happened to him as a student at Knox Grammar.
Phillip’s statement of claim alleges:
"Nisbett used his position of authority to groom Mr Ashworth by regularly spending “private time” with him when he was...
Mosman Swim Teacher - Alleged Child Sex Abuse
In this case the Sydney swim instructor Kyle James Henk Daniels, twenty (20) years old, has now had an additional twenty-eight (28) charges of sexual abuse laid against him in court. This has been a result of sexual abuse allegations made by students at the Mosman Swim Centre located on Vista Street in the prestigious suburb of Mosman in Sydney.
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...