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Ted Bales Abuse at Christian Brothers College in Warrnambool

Survivors of child sexual abuse often endure immense emotional and physical trauma. However, legal avenues provide hope and a path to hold the perpetrator accountable. This article delves into the case of Ted Bales, also known as Brother Edward Dowlan, and the abuses committed at Christian Brothers College in Warrnambool, Victoria.

The Christian Brothers College Case: Allegations and Charges

In Victoria’s Supreme Court, seven civil claims have recently been lodged against Christian Brothers College in Warrnambool. These claims seek compensation for alleged historical institutional child sexual abuse during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Survivors are pursuing up to AU$1 million each in damages.

The Perpetrator: Ted Bales (aka Brother Edward Dowlan)

Ted Bales, formerly Brother Edward Dowlan, committed numerous acts of child sexual abuse across multiple Christian Brothers schools in Victoria. His victims, approximately 50 children, attended institutions such as:

  • Alipius Primary,
  • St. Patrick’s Secondary College in Ballarat, and
  • Christian Brothers College in Warrnambool.

His crimes occurred from the 1960s to the 1980s.

The Legal Consequences Faced by Ted Bales

Bales faced multiple convictions and received an additional 7.5-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to 33 further charges of indecent assault against students in his care. Despite his guilty plea, Bales has not expressed remorse for his offenses.

Seeking Compensation and Justice

Survivors of abuse at Christian Brothers College and other institutions can pursue legal action to seek compensation and justice. Legal support helps to hold perpetrators accountable and provides survivors with official and financial recognition of their suffering and can help enormously with a degree of emotional closure.

How Koffels Solicitors and Barristers Can Help

At Koffels Solicitors and Barristers, we are committed to standing by survivors of the abuses at Christian Brothers College in Warrnambool. Our dedicated historical institutional child abuse team is here to help you through the legal process and achieve the compensation you deserve.

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