This would only be in line with their own hocus-pocus teachings.The catholic Church has continuously investigated sexual abuse and procedures by their own ilk, since the Council of Elvira in 309 C.E. and has nevertheless indulged in these crimes ever since, for nearly 2000 Years.If we now start to believe or trust, liars, criminals, cheats and deceivers, we have only ourselves to blame.
Saturday, 28 February 2015
Because the former Knox Grammar housemaster, now headmaster at the elite King’s School, is
not the man I thought he was.
Dr Hawkes says he has “no regrets” about how he handled the groping of a 14-year-old boy under his care, adding he was not aware he had a legal duty to report a sexual assault.
This sort of bystander behaviour is at the heart of our domestic violence epidemic and the sexual
Friday, 27 February 2015
Royal commission into child sex abuse: Please call home, mother tells fugitive former Knox teacher Chris Fotis who failed to appear
Police issued a warrant for the arrest of Mr Fotis, 52, following his failure to appear before the commission in Sydney on Tuesday to give evidence about his time teaching at Knox Grammar in the 1980s, when he was among teachers who are now suspected of child abuse.
Staff who abused boys at Knox Grammar have been condemned as “men of shame” by the headmaster of the Sydney private school.
John Weeks, headmaster at the Wahroonga school since 2004, is giving evidence at a royal commission hearing into how Knox and the Uniting church handled abuse allegations over a 30-year-period.
- No regrets: Kings headmaster
- Former teacher believed to have fled
- Peter FitzSimons: What I saw at Knox
A series of emails tendered in evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse revealed an unnamed solicitor had recommended the destruction of documents in 2009, following the arrests of five teachers who abused children at the Uniting Church school.
An arrest warrant was issued for Chris Fotis when he did not show up to give evidence at the royal commission on Tuesday.
The 52-year-old, who taught religious education, was asked to leave Knox in September 1989 after he was arrested for masturbating outside a school at North Ryde.
JOHN Weeks, headmaster at the Wahroonga school since 2004, is giving evidence at a royal commission hearing into how Knox and the Uniting Church handled abuse allegations over a 30-year-period.
He said he wanted to apologise to the men and their families for the pain they had suffered. In 2007, Mr Weeks apologised on behalf of the school and said on Friday that he realised no amount of apology could change what happened.
Former Knox Grammar teacher Chris Fotis missing from Nelson Bay home after named in royal commission into child abuse
An arrest warrant was issued for Chris Fotis when he did not show up to give evidence at the royal commission on Tuesday.
In sensational evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the counsel assisting the Commission, David Lloyd, revealed an email chain when cross-examining a former chairman of the school council, Robert Wannan.
At a royal commission hearing today, the former school council head Robert Wannan was questioned about a series of emails in 2009 regarding draft apologies from the school relating to abuse by teachers.
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Timothy Hawkes was a senior boarding master at the Sydney private school in the late 1980s when a boy was sexually assaulted by a balaclava-wearing intruder.
Dr Hawkes, who's now headmaster of Kings College Parramatta, told a national inquiry on Thursday he was unaware of mandatory reporting laws during his time in Knox. He was there from 1981 to 1989.
Former Knox Grammar teacher Timothy Hawkes reveals 'bizarre and extraordinary' sex attack on a pupil was not reported to police… despite the headmaster knowing about it
A “bizarre and extraordinary” incident in which a boy at an elite Sydney school was sexually assaulted by someone wearing a balaclava was reported to the headmaster but not to police, a royal commission hearing has been told.
After returning from his suspension at the start of 1989, Treloar remained at the school until his arrest for child abuse in 2009.
While acknowledging that as a big boofy bumpkin, I was not necessarily the type to be targeted by predators, my first reaction was astonishment at the impression given from much of the coverage was that Knox was a hotbed of sexual interaction between teachers and students, while the rest of us turned a blind eye. That does not remotely describe my experience, or that of my three elder brothers. Between us, we were in the boarding house from 1960 to 1978, and in my time there, I was only aware of one inappropriate interaction between a teacher and a student.
The commission has issued a warrant for the arrest of Christopher Fotis, who was due to give evidence on Tuesday.
A public hearing this week has heard disturbing claims of abuse at Knox, which happened in the 1970s and 80s. Boys at one of Australia’s most exclusive schools were allegedly shown pornography, given alcohol and groomed for sex by a number of teachers at the school.
Timothy Hawkes, a former teacher at Knox Grammar School on Sydney's north shore, was in charge of the boarding house where the incident happened in 1988.
- Christopher Themistocles Fotis was due to give evidence on Tuesday
- Former religious education teacher unable to be contacted
- Kings School principal Dr Tim Hawkes testifying
Dr Hawkes, now headmaster of the King's School, told a royal commission that he never saw police at the school and, to his knowledge, the victim and witnesses were never interviewed.
Counsel assisting the commission David Lloyd said New South Wales Police was investigating, and Mr Fotis may be brought in to give evidence while in custody.
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Former preparatory school head Michael Jenkinson told the royal commission that he and headmaster Ian Paterson questioned teacher Craig Treloar's motives for exposing the boys to the explicit material.
Mr Thomas, accused of sexually abusing students at the private boys school in the 1960s, was initially believed to have died, but was found living north of Wellington in New Zealand last year.
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: a modern orthodox rabbi’s point of view
He writes on the outcome of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s investigation of the Sydney Yeshiva and Melbourne Yeshivah.
I firstly wish to apologise that while our community was experiencing the pain and humiliation that came out of the Royal Commission into Sexual Abuse, my wife, Chana Raizel Friedman and I were overseas.
I wish, now, to clarify where we stand.
- Royal Commission: paedophile teacher given glowing reference
- Knox Grammar had 'culture of covering up sexual abuse'
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Former student ASD complained in 1987 that teacher and resident housemaster Damian Vance indecently assaulted him while they were in a room under the Knox chapel.
- Knox Grammar School gate was a memorial to late teacher Bruce Barrett
- Former student Scott Ashton, 44, called him a 'notorious molester'
- He gave evidence at a royal commission hearing into how the Uniting Church and the private school responded to child abuse allegations
- Mr Ashton said he was chased around the room by Barrett on one occasion before being asked to stay back after class and was sexually assaulted
An advocacy group for child abuse survivors says the new law — to be introduced by the Andrews Government today — is a “good first step” towards providing greater access to justice for victims.
The government’s bill will remove the limitation period for child abuse claims both past and future, regardless of the time or context of the alleged abuse.
Adults Surviving Child Abuse president Cathy Kezelman said the limitation had been a major barrier for victims wanting to pursue legal action.
The new laws will mean victims who suffered child abuse decades ago will be able to seek civil damages from those responsible for the abuse, including an organisation. Attorney-General Martin Pakula will introduce the laws to the Victorian parliament this week, which will apply retrospectively.
Under the law child abuse is defined as sexual abuse, physical abuse or psychological abuse that arises from sexual or physical abuse.
President of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria, Jennifer Huppert and President of the Zionist Council of Victoria Sam Tatarka met with Victorian Attorney General Martin Pakula.
With his wife by his side for support, this brave elderly man dedicated his testimony to the memory of his cherished son who died just three years ago, prematurely at the age of 44.
HER son, ATS, started at Knox Grammar School in Wahroonga in 2002 when he was 10.
She said her son was very happy for the first term but then changed - he became quiet and withdrawn. He refused to talk to his parents, became angry and hostile and self-harmed before being hospitalised after a serious suicide attempt.
A "notorious molester" at Knox Grammar School had memorial gates erected in his honour with the inscription "He touched us all", an inquiry has been told.
Scott Ashton, 44 gave evidence on Tuesday at a royal commission hearing into how the Uniting Church and the Sydney private school responded to child abuse allegations.
Mr Ashton said he was deeply confused by the attitude at the school where all were expected to pay tribute to an art teacher Bruce Barrett who had died young.
Further claims of a paedophile ring operating at the prestigious private boys school emerged as more students gave evidence on Tuesday.
Former student Coryn Tambling told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse his Knox Grammar housemaster Craig Treloar invited him into his private room to watch "special" videos in 1984 when he was 13.
Knox Grammar erected a memorial to one of its paedophile teachers reading ‘he touched us all’, royal commission hears
One of the victims of art teacher Bruce Barrett said that as a nine-year-old boy he had been confused by the eulogies at Mr Barrett’s funeral and the tributes made for him when he died.
“The fact that he was so well regarded by the school despite being a notorious molester made me feel very confused and powerless,” the former student, Scott Ashton, 44, told the commission today.
The mother of a Knox Grammar school student who was sexually abused by a teacher has broken down while giving evidence at the royal commission, describing how the teacher got out of jail while her son was in a psychiatric hospital following a suicide attempt.
Monday, 23 February 2015
Teachers at one of Australia's most prestigious schools 'forced students to watch sickening paedophile porn films'
- Royal Commission hears how teacher showed students paedophile pornography
- Evidence of abuse expected against three teachers who were never charged
- One witness to detail how he was abused by two teachers
- Commission heard how one teacher was a convicted criminal before he was employed at the school
Child sex abuse inquiry: Abuse by Knox Grammar paedophile teacher led to student's death, father says
John Rentoul, whose son David died aged 44 after a series of illnesses, told a national inquiry into how the Sydney school handled sex abuse allegations that he only found out in 2009 that his son had been abused by a teacher.
Dr Rentoul only found out about the abuse when David, who was at the school in the late 1970s, was giving evidence against his abuser Barrie Stewart.
Sunday, 22 February 2015
Bishop Max Leroy Davis, 68, appeared briefly in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday where his lawyer Seamus Rafferty entered the pleas.
Davis has been charged with four counts each of indecently dealing with a boy under the age of 14 and committing indecent practices between males in public.
The offences against two complainants are alleged to have happened in 1969 when he was teaching at St Benedict’s College in New Norcia, northeast of Perth.
Friday, 20 February 2015
The 74-year-old faced Penrith District Court today charged with two counts of sexual assault and indecent assault to a child aged under 16.
The offences were committed against an altar boy, 12, during the 1980s while he served at Our Lady of the Rosary parish at St Marys.
The head of the Catholic Church's military diocese has pleaded not guilty to five additional child sex offences from more than 40 years ago.
Bishop Max Leroy Davis, 68, appeared briefly in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday where his lawyer Seamus Rafferty entered the pleas.
So when the royal commission into child sexual abuse blew open its strict code of silence, it sent shock waves around the Jewish world.
Now mainstream Jews are desperately trying to distance themselves from the ultra-orthodox Chabad-Lubavitch movement that runs Yeshivah.
Chabad, perhaps more than most, has strictly observed the code of silence since post-war migrants established Yeshivah here in the 1940s.
As Melbourne's Jewish congregations gather in synagogues for Saturday's Sabbath, many feel shattered and shamed by the grim truths exposed during hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.
St Laurence’s College principal Ian McDonald made the apology last Friday during a candlelight mass, and it was published yesterday in the school newsletter.
ROYAL COMMISSION: Report lashes Toowoomba principal
“We apologise unreservedly to any boys who experienced abuse of any kind during their schooling,” he told the school.
“We apologise for the behaviour and practices of some staff who inflicted profound distress and suffering on boys and their families.
Thursday, 19 February 2015
Orthodox Judaism has never been exposed to such scrutiny. From a Melbourne courtroom, the torment of the Chabad rabbis was streamed live to the world as the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse probed the city’s secretive and powerful Yeshivah community.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Detectives from the child exploitation Sano Taskforce will head to the town of Sale in Victoria's south-east this week to investigate allegations that boarders at the Catholic school were sexually abused.
Investigators received a number of complaints about a year ago from former students who attended the school during the 1970s and 1980s.
The male students were aged between 11 and 15 at the time of the alleged abuse.
They have spoken to police claiming they were sexually abused while at St Patrick's College in Sale during the 1970s and 1980s.
The project headed by a University of NSW team is the first national research study into adult survivors of Australian childhood institutions, or out-of-home care from 1930 and 1989.
A RESEARCH team led by the University of NSW will undertake a two-year national study in which care leavers will be asked about the impacts of their time in state or non-government children's homes.
It is estimated that as many as 500,000 Australians were in care between 1930 and 1989 and often experienced neglect, mistreatment and abuse.
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Australia's top rabbi, president of the Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia Meir Shlomo Kluwgant, resigned on Monday night after revelations at the commission that he called the father of three children sexually abused at Jewish children's homes a "lunatic".
On Tuesday the Victorian Rabbinical Council released a statement calling on others to do the same.
Later that day, Waks said the principal, Rabbi Abraham Glick, called him to say Kramer had admitted abusing one of Waks' sons, and other boys. But a few days later, Waks learned Kramer was still teaching at the school and demanded his dismissal.
On reflection – Manny Waks post the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse yeshiva and yeshivah hearings
But Glen Eira’s Manny Waks, founder of Tzedek, a Jewish victims advocacy and support group, said a broader shift in community attitudes was also needed.
Monday, 16 February 2015
Royal Commission releases report on effectiveness of OOHC practices in preventing child sexual abuse
Royal Commission CEO Phillip Reed said the report, prepared by the Parenting Research Centre and the University of Melbourne, makes valuable findings which will be used to shape the Royal Commission’s final recommendations.
“The Board of Management of Southern Sydney Synagogue is distressed by statements made during testimony given over the past 2 weeks at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The views expressed in some evidence were extremely troubling and regrettable. We reiterate that these views do not reflect the opinions of the Board of the Synagogue.
The senior vice-president of the Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia, Rabbi Yoram Ulman, confirmed to Fairfax Media that Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant had stepped down as president of the organisation on Monday morning.
Rabbi Ulman said he could not comment further at this stage.
When he was 18 years old, Manny Waks turned his back on life within the Orthodox sect of Judaism known as Chabad. But the effects on his life remain profound.
Now 38, Waks is still unable to read a novel, so dictated was his childhood by religious texts. Until the age of 27, he believed rubbing his eyes with his fingers after waking up in the morning would cause him to go blind unless he carried out a religious washing ceremony first.
The most senior rabbi in Australia has resigned, days after appearing before the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.
Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant, the president of the Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia, stepped down on Monday morning, the immediate past president, Rabbi Moshe Gutnick, confirmed.
Following his appearance at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse
In an email Rabbi Kluwgant wrote:
Sunday, 15 February 2015
Saturday, 14 February 2015
Friday, 13 February 2015
A royal commission has wrapped up in Melbourne after two weeks of examining the response of Jewish schools and centres, in Sydney and Melbourne, to a string of child sexual abuse cases going back to 1980.
Under questioning, some rabbis have put forward controversial views, including that ageing pedophiles who have not offended in decades deserve leniency, or that they could be "cured" and still maintain regular contact with children.
Leading Chabad Rabbi Caught Lying To Royal Commission; Called Child Sex Abuse Victim's Father A "Lunatic" Who Is "Killing" Chabad By Exposing Abuse And Coverups
The Guardian reports:
The most senior rabbi in Australia called the father of three sons who were sexually abused a “lunatic” who was guilty of “killing” the Orthodox Jewish community within which his sons had been violated.
Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant, president of the Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia, gave evidence on the last day of the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Abuse's Melbourne hearing.
Zephaniah Waks, Manny's father, has told the Commission he felt forced to move to Israel with his wife after being ostracised the ultra-orthodox Jewish Chabad community for supporting Manny in publicly discussing his abuse.
Royal commission into child abuse: Gay people can be 'cured by therapy' like paedophiles, rabbi says
He'd been molested by a man (named only AVP for legal reasons) and his fellow Yeshivah College students found this out.
Manny's life got even worse - when the caretaker at his school also began to prey on him, subjecting him to repeated sexual abuse.
This man, David Cyprys, assaulted Manny and at least eight other boys while he worked at Yeshivah College during the 1980s and 1990s.
Thursday, 12 February 2015
The police investigation is being conducted by a unit of detectives at Goulburn, southern NSW, where one of Brother Standen's former schools (St Patrick's College) was located.
The principal of a Melbourne Jewish school will be next to give evidence to an inquiry into responses to sexual abuse at Jewish schools and community centres.
Yeshivah College principal Rabbi Joshua Smukler will testify on the final day of hearings at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Friday.
Rabbi Abraham Glick joined Yeshivah College — part of the orthodox Chabad community — as a teacher in 1970, becoming head of Jewish studies from 1974 and principal from 1988 to 2007. He was involved in a decision to send teacher and rabbi David Kramer to Israel in 1992 when an abuse allegation was made, and also served as principal while Yeshivah worker David Cyprys was abusing boys in the late 1980s and 1990s.
Child abuse royal commission: Sydney Rabbi Yosef Feldman accuses 'unfit' Jewish leaders of defamation, misrepresentation
A senior orthodox Jewish rabbi who was forced to resign as director of a religious centre over remarks about child sex abuse victims says he has been made a “sacrificial lamb”.
At the Royal Commission today, the orthodox Jewish school's former director has said the school made a mistake in not apologising to Manny Waks earlier, and acknowledged that he had done nothing wrong by reporting his abuse to police.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Royal Commissioner Justice Jennifer Coate will provide an overview of the work of the Royal Commission and answer questions from the community.
Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said the community forum was open to any members of the public who have an interest in the Royal Commission.
Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed explained that private sessions are critical to the Commission’s work, as they allow Commissioners to hear first-hand about the nature and prevalence of child sexual abuse.
“Through private sessions, we are learning about the impact of child sexual abuse not only on individuals, but their families and communities.
JOHN Ellis was sexually abused by Father Aidan Duggan in the Sydney parish of Bass Hill in the 1970s.
Mr Ellis failed in his attempt to sue the Archdiocese of Sydney's trust when a court ruled it could not be held liable.
Mr Ellis later spent more than a decade seeking compensation but lost the case on a technicality in 2007 when the Court of Appeal ruled the Catholic Church was not an entity that could be sued.
touch a child’s genitals when he had to deal with an abuse complaint in 2002.
A senior Orthodox rabbi has resigned from the board of the Yeshiva Centre in Sydney amid revelations he did not know that touching a child's genitals could be criminal.
The Yeshiva Centre thanks Rabbi Yosef Feldman for his years of selfless dedication to the Centre.
The Yeshiva Centre reiterates its staunch commitment to protect victims of abuse including full compliance with authorities and legal procedures.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse report said the steps the Toowoomba principal took to monitor Byrnes "were inadequate and inappropriate".
A report into how the Catholic Church dealt with John Ellis's complaint of horrific abuse at the hands of a priest found serious flaws in the church's response.
It found that former Sydney archbishop Cardinal George Pell's edict to church lawyers to not accept that Mr Ellis had been abused by Father Aidan Duggan was based on incorrect
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
It comes as it was revealed a victim of child sexual abuse was forced to sit and watch at the weekend as Rabbis accused of the coverup were granted religious honours.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is currently examining the response of the Chabad Yeshivah Centre and school in Melbourne as well as its counterpart in Sydney after the abuse committed by three convicted pedophiles became known,
The man, referred to only as AVB, was on Tuesday giving evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
'We have heard evidence from multiple rabbis that the perpetration of (child sexual) abuse is akin to murder,' he said.
'So if we accept that the murdering of Jews is a crime and we never, never forget it ... we need to accept and hold up that the murdering of children through sexual abuse by our own is also a crime.
32 people will have the opportunity to tell a commissioner of their experiences, with the hearings to be held from February 24 to 27.
Monday, 9 February 2015
In explosive evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse yesterday, Rabbi Yosef Feldman said he was “annoyed” a friend who had given hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Yeshiva organisation faced the prospect of jail for child sex abuse, describing the victim as an informer and emailing him directly to ask whether he would be “healed” by seeing his abuser jailed.
A child sex abuse victim who was repeatedly raped by a staff member of an Orthodox Jewish school said he was stripped of his scholarship when he told the principal what happened.
The victim, identified only as AVR, said a security guard at the Yeshivah centre and college in Melbourne, David Cyprys, raped him multiple times.
Cyprys was convicted of those offences in 2013, and is in jail.
AVR told the royal commission into institutional responses to child sex abuse that he had been living in Queensland when his mother fell ill with leukaemia, and in 1990 he was sent to school at the Yeshiva college in Melbourne.
A victim of child sex abuse should not necessarily go to police if the perpetrator has not offended for decades and the abuser has repented to God, a senior Jewish leader has told a royal commission.
PEDOPHILES who are no longer abusing children should not have to spend their lives feeling like the "scum of the earth", Rabbi Yosef Feldman also told the royal commission into child sex abuse on Monday.
"I would be asking for more leniency on people who have shown that they haven't offended in the last 20 years or decades ago, and have psychological analyses that this is the case," Rabbi Feldman said.
Sunday, 8 February 2015
Rabbi James Kennard, principal of Mount Scopus Memorial College, said the royal commission on child sex abuse had revealed painful and horrific details about Yeshivah Melbourne and the organisation's Sydney chapter.
Rabbi Kennard has called for resignations and change…”already long overdue”.
His full statement:
“In October 2013 I resigned from the Executive of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) and subsequently from the Council itself. At the time I made no comment on my action, since any publicity would have served no purpose.
But that is no longer the case.
Saturday, 7 February 2015
Georg K.,* a 56-year-old former Catholic priest from Krefeld in western Germany, was sentenced to six years in jail on Friday after being found guilty on charges of sexual abuse of minors.
Presiding judge Herbert Luczak accused the defendant of having selfishly sought out two young boys as sexual partners and keeping the consequences of their actions hidden from the victims. The six-year sentence is even more time than was originally sought by the prosecution.
I have covered child abuse in the Jewish community for several years but even I didn’t understand the extent of the cover-ups, the lies, the ignorance and ridiculous actions of Rabbis in our community.
It’s time for us, as a community, to wake up and smell the roses.
- There are dozens of victims of child abuse in our community.
- Victims considered suicide, became addicted to drugs and some will never recover.
- Many victims have never, and probably will never, come forward.
- Victims came forward to Rabbis in Sydney and Melbourne in the 1980s.
- Sometime, Rabbis did nothing.
- Sometime, Rabbis tried to “fix” child sexual abusers.
- And every time, Rabbis didn’t tell the police.
Friday, 6 February 2015
The former director of an Orthodox Jewish school “didn’t have a clue” that one of his staff members massaging the genitals of a young student might be a criminal matter, the royal commission has heard.
The hearing will examine preventing child sexual abuse in out-of-home care and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse occurring in out-of-home care in all Australian jurisdictions.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
- The incidence of child sexual abuse in contemporary out-of-home care settings.
- Recruitment, assessment and training of carers in out-of-home care.
- Monitoring and oversight of children in out-of-home care in the context of preventing child sexual abuse and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.
Systems, policies, practices and procedures for
- reporting allegations of child sexual abuse in out-of-home care
- responding to allegations of child sexual abuse in out-of-home care, and
- supporting children who have been sexually abused in out-of-home care
- Any related matters.
The former head of one of Australia's top rabbinical organisations will give evidence to a federal inquiry on child sexual abuse in the Jewish community.
Sydney Rabbi Yosef Feldman will testify before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Melbourne on Friday.
A senior religious figure within New York’s Orthodox Jewish community, Rabbi Boruch Lesches, has been asked to appear before Australia’s royal commission into institutional responses into child sex abuse.
Thursday, 5 February 2015
Father Leslie J. Sheahan belongs to the Ballarat diocese, which covers the whole of western Victoria, extending to Mildura in the state's far-north, Horsham in the far-west and Portland on the south-western coast. The city of Ballarat is where the bishop is based.
According to documents tabled in the Ballarat Magistrates Court, the assault occurred while Father Sheahan was working at the Horsham parish in the early 1970s. Father Sheahan frequently visited this family and the assault occurred in the girl's bedroom.
As part of the launch, an open letter was published online this week inviting individuals to report incidents of historical sexual abuse, whether as victims or witnesses to such crimes. The letter reassures potential complainants that their matters will be overseen by a "small team of highly trained members who have extensive experience in investigating historical sexual abuse matters".
The head of the Chabad Jewish community in NSW, Rabbi Pinchus Feldman, says he didn't think it his responsibility to notify police that the man intended leaving Australia or that he did so within 48 hours of a complaint being made.
The rabbi gave evidence on Thursday to the royal commission investigating responses by institutions, in this case Yeshiva Bondi in Sydney, to reports of child sexual abuse.
* Responses by Yeshivah Centre and Yeshivah College in Melbourne after child sex abuse allegations against David Samuel Cyprys, David Kramer and Aaron Kestecher.
* Responses by the Yeshiva Centre and Yeshiva College Bondi in Sydney after sex abuse allegations against Daniel Hayman.
Among those giving evidence are:
* AVA, former Yeshivah College student, victim of Cyprys
* Manny Waks, former Yeshivah College student, abused by Cyprys and AVP.