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News and Views about catholic clergy sexual abuse and related issues
Why only terrorists? Hang Catholic Rapist Priests too, deliver justice!

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.

They lie in the name of their 'Lord',
let us speak out in the name of TRUTH
Catholic clergy Bible thumpers having trouble remembering
Let us tell them

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Angela Mollard: Knox Grammar headmaster is ‘not the man I thought he was’

I HAVE met Dr Tim Hawkes and passed his book, Ten Conversations You Must Have With Your Sons, on to a friend with three boys. More fool me.
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

The mother of fugitive teacher Chris Fotis wants him to call home and assure her that he is safe following his failure to appear before the royal commission into the responses to child abuse.
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.


Knox Grammar headmaster tells inquiry abusers are men of shame

John Weeks apologises to victims in the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and says they will be supported by the school

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.


Knox Grammar School advised to destroy documents: Royal Commission into child sex abuse

Knox Grammar School was advised to destroy documents relating to child sexual abuse while at the same time preparing an apology to victims, a royal commission has heard.
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.


Former Knox teacher Chris Fotis believed to have fled Nelson Bay five days ago

A former Knox Grammar teacher who failed to appear at a royal commission into child abuse this week has not been seen near his Nelson Bay home for days.
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.


Knox headmaster apologises - again

THOSE who abused boys at Knox Grammar School 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.
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.


Knox headmaster in inquiry witness stand

John Weeks, the current headmaster of Knox Grammar, will give evidence at a national inquiry into how the school handles allegations of sexual abuse by teachers.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has spent the week examining what happened at the Sydney North Shore private school over three decades when students made allegations against teachers – five of whom were convicted for sex assault offences against boys aged from 10 to 15.

Former Knox Grammar teacher Chris Fotis missing from Nelson Bay home after named in royal commission into child abuse

A former Knox Grammar teacher who failed to appear at a royal commission into child abuse this week has not been seen near his Nelson Bay home for days.
An arrest warrant was issued for Chris Fotis when he did not show up to give evidence at the royal commission on Tuesday.


Knox Grammar inquiry: Destroying documents ‘discussed by advisers’

ADVISERS to Knox Grammar School discussed destroying documents, possibly with the help of the head of the Uniting Church in NSW, when news broke that teachers had been arrested for sexually assaulting students, an inquiry heard this morning.
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.


Church head ‘helped destroy’ student sex abuse papers, Royal Commission hears

THE NSW head of the Uniting Church, Jim Mein, has been implicated in the destruction of documents relating to the sexual abuse of students at Knox Grammar School.
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

Knox Grammar teacher suspected of hiding under boy's bed with balaclava, sexually assaulting him

A former teacher at the prestigious Knox Grammar School in Sydney was suspected of hiding under a boy's bed and inappropriately touching him, the royal commission into child sexual abuse hears.


Knox teacher unsure about reporting abuse

Former teachers at Knox Grammar school say mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse was never part of in-house training.
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 where a boy at an elite Sydney school was sexually assaulted by someone wearing a balaclava was reported to the headmaster but not police, a hearing has been told.
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.

Knox Grammar sexual assault was 'bizarre and extraordinary'

Former teacher at elite Sydney school says he reported assault on boy by someone wearing a balaclava and he expected headmaster to call police
 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.


Day 3: Royal Commission into Knox Grammar School’s response to allegations of abuse

A FORMER teacher who admitted showing pornography to students at Knox Grammar School in the 1980s continued teaching there until he was arrested for sex abuse more than 20 years later. Craig Treloar thought he’d be sacked after admitting showing pornographic films to boys at Knox Grammar in Wahroonga in 1987, but was instead allowed to pick the timing of his six-month suspension.
After returning from his suspension at the start of 1989, Treloar remained at the school until his arrest for child abuse in 2009.


Royal Commission into Knox Grammar sexual abuse: Peter FitzSimons retells a scandal

My alma mater, Knox Grammar School, is this week the subject of a Royal Commission hearing into an alleged paedophile ring. Knox?
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.


Disturbing claims of abuse heard at Royal Commission into Knox Grammar School

A FORMER teacher at Sydney’s prestigious Knox Grammar school has failed to appear at a royal commission into child abuse.
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.


Police not told of sex attack on Knox boy

A 'bizarre and extraordinary' incident where a boy at an elite Sydney school was sexually assaulted by someone wearing a balaclava was reported to the headmaster but not police, a hearing has been told.

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.


Arrest warrant issued for missing Knox Grammar witness Christopher Fotis

  • 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
A “BIZARRE and extraordinary” incident where a boy at an elite Sydney school was sexually assaulted by someone wearing a balaclava was reported to the headmaster but not police, a hearing has been told. 


King's School headmaster Tim Hawkes gives evidence about Knox to royal commission

When a masked man entered a boarding house at Knox Grammar School and sexually assaulted a year 8 student in his bed, the then housemaster Tim Hawkes fully expected the police to be notified.
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.


Knox Grammar: Arrest warrant issued for teacher who failed to attend royal commission hearing

An arrest warrant has been issued for a former Knox Grammar School teacher who failed to appear at the royal commission into child sexual abuse.
Christopher Fotis was called to give evidence at the Sydney hearing on Tuesday, but did not show up.
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

Royal commission: Knox Grammar teachers thought paedophile was just 'showing off'

Two of the most senior staff at Knox Grammar School believed a teacher showed hardcore pornography to students to "show off" and failed to tell the children's parents what happened or notify police, a royal commission has heard.
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.


Former Hutchins teacher Ronald Thomas, named at sex abuse inquiry, will not face charges

A former teacher at Hobart's Hutchins School, Ronald Thomas, will not face any charges following allegations made at an inquiry into child sexual abuse.
An Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) review of a police file related to the allegations against former music teacher found there was unlikely to be a reasonable prospect of conviction, police say.
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.


Former Knox Grammar teacher thought he'd be fired after being caught showing porn

Convicted paedophile Craig Treloar tells royal commission how after being suspended in the 1980s for showing students porn, he went on to later teach and allegedly abuse children at the school


Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: a modern orthodox rabbi’s point of view

Rabbi Yossi Friedman is a modern orthodox rabbi, currently spiritual leader of Sydney’s Cremorne Synagogue.
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.
“The Australian Jewish community has been rocked over the past few weeks.
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.


Former Knox Grammar teacher expected to be sacked after admitting to child sex offences

A convicted sex offender and former teacher at Knox Grammar says he was expecting to be sacked when he was first caught, but the school instead showed him leniency.
This week, the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse has been hearing evidence of abuse at the exclusive boy's school on Sydney's north shore between 1970 and 2003.


Royal commission: Knox Grammar teachers employed without checks

A resident master at Knox Grammar School confessed to showing hard core pornography to young boys but was allowed to keep his job at the school after a short period of suspension, a royal commission has heard.


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Royal commission: paedophile teacher given glowing reference

A paedophile teacher received a glowing reference from Knox Grammar School praising his teaching skills, despite having indecently assaulted one student and physically assaulted two others, a royal commission has heard.
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.


Top school built memorial gate for paedophile teacher inscribed with the words 'he touched us all'

Child abuse victims will be able to take legal action regardless of time frame

CHILD abuse victims in Victoria will be able to pursue legal action regardless of when the maltreatment occurred, with complex time limits to be abolished.
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.


Child abuse legal time limits to be lifted in Victoria

Victims of child abuse in Victoria will be able to seek civil damages regardless of when the abuse occurred under new laws to remove complex time limitations.
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.


Victorian concerns about move on laws

Victorian Jewish  community leaders have  discussed their concerns at the proposed repeal of the move on laws introduced by the previous Coalition government with the State’s Attorney-General.
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.


Child sex abuse: Father's testimony brings room to tears

On Monday an entire room was brought to tears as the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard the heartbreaking testimony from a father of a Knox Grammar student who was a victim of child sexual abuse whilst at that school.
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.


Mum tells of son's Knox Grammar hell

A MOTHER has told an inquiry how the abuse her son suffered a prestigious Sydney school means her hopes for him are now stripped down to mere survival.
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.


Sydney school put up memorial for 'molester'

Knox Grammar School put up a memorial for a teacher saying "he touched us all", an inquiry has heard.
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.


Royal commission: Boy forced to watch pornography at Knox Grammar

A popular teacher at Knox Grammar School watched hardcore pornography with a 13-year-old student before propositioning him for sex, a royal commission has heard.
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

THE elite Knox Grammar installed a memorial to one of its paedophile teachers. It read: “He touched us all”, the child sex abuse royal commission was told today.
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.


Knox Grammar abuse ruined my son's life, victim's mother tells inquiry

Mother of student who was sexually abused by a teacher tells royal commission her son developed psychiatric problems and attempted suicide
 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.


Knox Grammar School was home to 'large paedophile cohort', victim tells inquiry

A former student of a Sydney private school says students were sexually abused so often, he was not sure it was wrong when he was assaulted by a teacher in the playground.
Former Knox Grammar student Scott Ashton told the royal commission into child sexual abuse of the shock, shame and confusion he suffered after being abused at the school in the 1980s.


Child abuse Royal Commission begins private hearings in Newcastle

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will this week hear from Hunter region abuse survivors, as it begins four days of private hearings in Newcastle.
32 people will get the chance to tell of their experiences behind closed doors at the hearings, which get underway this morning.


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

The elderly father of a former Knox Grammar student has told an inquiry into alleged sexual abuse at the school that his adult son died as a result of trauma inflicted by paedophile teacher Barrie Stewart.
Dr John Rentoul, 80, a former assistant principal at the elite boys' school in Sydney's north, told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse he worked with three of the five former Knox teachers who were later convicted of abusing students over a 33-year period.


Father's shock at abuse at top school

A former teacher at Knox Grammar broke down as he laid the blame for his son's ill health and early death squarely on the school he once respected.
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.


Knox Grammar had 'cover-up' culture

The autocratic style of a headmaster nicknamed "Snake" by boarders at Knox Grammar School made it possible for teachers to take advantage of and prey on students, an inquiry has heard.
A man using the pseudonym ARY said the governance style of Ian Paterson, headmaster at Knox for 30 years, made students fearful of reporting sex abuse by teachers.


Royal Commission Reveals Disturbing History Of Sexual Abuse At Sydney's Knox Grammar School

The first day of a Royal Commission has been held in Sydney today, investigating and shedding light on Knox Grammar school in Sydney and its sordid 30-year long history of alleged sexual abuse on students by eight teachers.


Royal Commission hears Knox ignored child sex abuse claims

Five of the accused Knox Grammar teachers have since been convicted of child sexual abuse offences, relating to crimes committed between 1970 and 2009.
Counsel assisting the commission David Lloyd told yesterday's Sydney hearing evidence would be presented against a further three teachers, who had not been criminally charged.
The commission will also hear evidence the Uniting Church school deliberately destroyed a number of files containing students' allegations of abuse.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Catholic bishop denies WA child sex charges

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.
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

Disgraced priest Richard St John Cattell back behind bars for child sex offences

FORMER St Marys parish priest Richard St John Cattell has been sentenced to two years and six months jail for child sex offences.
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.


Priest pleads not guilty to abuse charges

A Catholic bishop has pleaded not guilty to five additional historic child sex offences in Perth.
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.


Yeshivah Centre’s code of silence robbed alleged sex abuse victims of a voice

MELBOURNE’s Yeshivah Centre is one of the biggest Jewish organisations in the southern hemisphere.
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.


Jewish community failed over abuse

Jewish congregations are calling for reforms after revelations about how their leaders handled allegations of sexual abuse of children.
 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.


Brisbane’s St Laurence’s College apologises for sex abuse of boys

A BRISBANE Catholic boys’ school has apologised “un­reservedly” to students who suffered sexual assaults during the school’s history.
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

Rabbis' absolute power: how sex abuse tore apart Australia's Orthodox Jewish community

Yeshivah leaders in Sydney and Melbourne chose to preserve the prestige of their faith over the safety of children. A national inquiry that reverberated around the world painted a devastating picture of how individuals were abandoned and ostracised as they fought to end the code of silence
 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

Historic sex crime detectives investigate St Patrick's College claims

Police are investigating a number of former staff at St Patrick's College in Sale who are accused of sexually abusing young boys four decades ago.
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.


A prominent churchman is jailed again in Bathurst NSW

Richard John McPhillamy has been a prominent layman in Catholic Church affairs in the diocese of Bathurst, in central-west New South Wales. He was formerly listed as an "acolyte", assisting in various matters at Bathurst's Cathedral of St Michael and St John. Also, he worked as an assistant dormitory master at St Stanislaus College — a Bathurst boarding school for boys. In 2011 he was jailed for committing sexual crimes against two of the boys who were under his control. In February 2015 he was convicted again regarding a third boy.


Police investigate historical sexual abuse claims at Sale boarding school

Alleged victims have come forward claiming to have been sexually abused at a Marist Brothers boarding school in country Victoria.
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.


Launch of 'Forgotten Australians' study

A major study into the experiences of 500,000 "Forgotten Australians" who spent their childhoods in institutions where neglect and maltreatment often occured will be launched in Sydney on Wednesday.
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.


Study into hidden history of child neglect

A MAJOR research project which will help Australians understand the experiences of thousands of children who were hidden in institutions and forgotten by society has been launched in Sydney.
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

Sex abuse inquiry leads to call for rabbis implicated in testimony to resign

The Rabbinical Council of Victoria has demanded the resignations of all rabbis implicated in testimony before the royal commission into child sexual abuse.
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.


Child sex abuse and Australia's institutions

 In 1992, Zephaniah Waks, a devout member of the Chabad ultra-Orthodox sect of Judaism, made devastating allegations to the principal of Chabad's day school in Melbourne.
Waks alleged that one of his 17 children had been sexually abused by Rabbi David Kramer, a teacher at the Yeshiva School.
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

Nearly four years ago, when I publicly disclosed the sexual abuse I endured as a child at Melbourne’s Yeshivah Centre, I did not envisage that today so many around the world would know exactly what had happened to myself and so many other children at that institution.


Jewish groups act on abuse following Royal Commission

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is spurring stronger child protection policies and practices across Jewish schools, synagogues and community groups, a move welcomed by the Jewish Community Council of Victoria .
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

The Royal Commission has released a report examining issues related to the effectiveness of practices in out-of-home care in preventing child sexual abuse within institutions.
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.


A statement from Southern Sydney Synagogue

The Board of  Southern Sydney synagogue has issued a statement distancing itself from views expressed at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse…its spiritual leader Rabbi Yosef Feldman was amongst those who gave evidence.
The statement:
“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.


Australia's top rabbi resigns after revelations at royal commission

Australia's most senior rabbi has resigned days after revelations at a royal commission that he called abuse victim Manny Waks' father a "lunatic".
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.


At peace with the Groners

Manny Waks was a victim of child sexual abuse whilst attending Melbourne’s Yeshivah College when it was under the supervision of the late Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner. He has accepted an apology from Rabbi Groner’s children.


Manny Waks: I'm the 'troublemaker' who blew the whistle on Jewish abuse scandal

Manny Waks is still living with the impact of years of abuse inside Australia’s Yeshivah centres. Before he can reclaim his life, he says, more people must resign in the wake of the child sex abuse royal commission

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.


Australia's top rabbi resigns after giving evidence at sex abuse royal commission

Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant steps down after commission hears he called the father of three abused sons a ‘lunatic’

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.


Rabbi Kluwgant falls on his sword

Rabbi Shlomo Meir Shlomo Kluwgant has resigned his presidency of the Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia.
Following his appearance at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse
In an email Rabbi Kluwgant wrote:
“As you know I have served in leadership positions for over two decades, and as President of ORA since May last year. I am humbled by your faith me, and I have always considered it an honour and a privilege.


Sunday, 15 February 2015

The Real Pope Francis Stands Up

Yes, this week the real Pope Francis did finally stand up, even if only in secret in meetings with the Cardinals who elected him two years ago mainly to save their hide. For two years, he has craftily fed into the media and diverse Catholic religious factions, who delusionally saw their own opportunities and dreams in Francis’ contradictory and/or ambiguous, but also intentionally quotable, remarks. What do we now know after two years? We now know much about Francis, including ten matters he strongly prefers:


Saturday, 14 February 2015

Christian Brother Obbens is facing more charges

Christian Brother William John Obbens (also known as Brother "Dominic" Obbens), now aged 69 and living in Sydney, will face four charges of indecent assault of "persons under 16 under authority" when his case has another mention in court in March 2015. Police allege that the offences were committed on two boys, then aged 13 and 12, in the late 1980s, while Brother Obbens was a teacher at St Patrick's Christian Brothers College in Goulburn, south-western New South Wales.


Friday, 13 February 2015

'Fringe' rabbis slammed at commission

Rabbis fear some of their colleagues with "fringe" views on pedophiles have damaged the standing of Australia's Jewish leadership.
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 most senior rabbi in Australia called the father of three sons who were sexually abused a “lunatic” who was guilty of “killing” the Chabad community within which his sons had been violated.

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.


Top rabbi called victims' father a "lunatic" in text message

Australia's most senior rabbi this week sent a text message calling the father of three child sexual abuse victims, including prominent victims' advocate Manny Waks, a "lunatic" who had neglected his own children.
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

The head rabbi of Melbourne's Yeshivah Centre has told the royal commission into child sexual abuse he believes a gay person can be "cured" by therapy, like a paedophile.
Rabbi Zvi Telsner told the commission he believed there was a possibility paedophiles could be cured by counselling and spiritual guidance.


Child abuse at Jewish schools uncovered

Manny Waks fought back tears as he described how it felt to be an 11-year-old boy taunted in the school yard by students who knew he'd been sexually abused.

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.


Pedophiles, gays can be 'cured': rabbi

Pedophiles and gay people could probably be cured, a rabbi has told a child abuse royal commission.
But Rabbi Zvi Telsner, spiritual leader of Yeshivah Centre in Melbourne, believes it would require both extended therapy and time.


Thursday, 12 February 2015

Christian Brother David Standen is now facing 31 assault charges

Christian Brother William Peter Standen (known as Brother "David" Standen), who has taught at Catholic schools in Sydney and regional New South Wales, will face a total of 31 child-sex charges when his case comes up for another mention in court in March 2015. The case had a mention in court on 11 February 2015 for a brief administrative process.
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.


Rabbi Abraham Glick resigns from Yeshivah College after fronting royal commission on child abuse

After fronting the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Abuse on Thursday, Rabbi Abraham Glick, the former principal of Melbourne's Yeshivah College over the period of David Cyprys' and David Kramer's sexual abuse of students, has resigned his current role of teacher, writes Jane Lee.


Decades of Yeshiva Rapes Shock Aussies

Aided by a communal pressure to not go to secular authorities, some Orthodox Jewish boys in Australia say their sexual abuse has gone unpunished for years.
It is as disgusting as it is ironic that the mikveh—the ritual baths where Jews and converts to Judaism immerse to purify themselves—was one of the places Manny Waks says he was sexually abused as an Orthodox Jewish teenager in Melbourne. According to him, Shmuel David Cyprys, the head of security at Yeshivah Centre—the school Waks attended—instructed him to go to the mikveh with him in 1990.


Jewish abuse inquiry wraps up in Melbourne

A Jewish school principal will be next to give evidence at a child sexual abuse inquiry in Melbourne.

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.


Melbourne rabbi apologises to victims of sexual abuse

THE rabbi who presided over Melbourne’s Yeshivah College while two staff members were abusing children has apologised for the first time to the victims, prompting renewed calls for his resignation.
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 Sydney rabbi has accused Jewish community leaders of defaming him and misrepresenting his views, after being heavily criticised over his recent evidence to the child sex abuse royal commission.
Rabbi Yosef Feldman provoked controversy when he told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse he would be "asking for more leniency" for reformed or inactive paedophiles.


Rabbi Yosef Feldman declares himself a 'sacrificial lamb' and will sue

Rabbi who resigned from Sydney Yeshivah Centre over comments to the royal commission into child sex abuse says Jewish bodies needed a scapegoat
 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”.


Senior Yeshivah official apologises to abuse victim Manny Waks

PETER LLOYD: For the first time, a victim of child sex abuse at Melbourne's Yeshivah College has got a public apology from a senior official of the school.

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.


Yeshiva day school child abuse cases rock Australia

SYDNEY — Cases of alleged child abuse at Chabad educational institutions in Sydney and Melbourne have shaken not only the Australian Jewish community but the entire nation, after a court on Monday heard testimonies as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Royal Commission releases findings on Towards Healing

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published two reports; ‘Report of Case Study 4: The experiences of four survivors with the Towards Healing process’ and ‘Report of Case Study 8: Mr John Ellis’s experience of the Towards Healing process and civil litigation’.


Royal Commission to hold community forum in Lismore

Northern Rivers residents are invited to learn more about the work of the Royal Commission at a community information forum in Lismore on Thursday 19 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 to hold private sessions in Newcastle

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold private sessions in Newcastle from 24 – 27 February 2015.  
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.


Statement by Joan Katherine Isaacs about royal commission report

A victim reacts to the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse report into the Catholic Church response, including Towards Healing
I take this opportunity to thank the royal commission for exposing the true nature of my Towards Healing process. Towards Healing was introduced in 1996 by the bishops and religious institutes of the Catholic Church of Australia under the appearance of bringing healing to those affected by clergy sexual abuse. I entered this program in 1999 having already achieved a conviction against my perpetrator the previous year.


Pell was un-Christian to victim: report

CARDINAL George Pell failed to act in a Christian way when he agreed to vigorously deny a man's claims of sexual abuse as a child in order to discourage other victims from taking legal action, a report has found.
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.


Cardinal George Pell, Sydney Archdiocese failed child sex abuse victim John Ellis, inquiry finds

Cardinal George Pell and the Sydney Catholic Archdiocese repeatedly failed in their dealings with abuse victim John Ellis, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has found.
Early last year, the commission examined the treatment of Mr Ellis, a Sydney lawyer and former altar boy who, as a teenager, was abused by Father Aidan Duggan between 1974 and 1979.
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.


Yeshiva rabbi Yosef Feldman resigns after child sex abuse comments

A RABBI condemned by Jewish leaders for his comments regarding child sex abuse “hype” and the need for pedophiles to receive greater leniency has resigned from the board of Sydney’s Yeshiva Centre. Rabbi Yosef Feldman, a rabbinical director at the Yeshiva Centre in Bondi and son of the ultra-orthodox Chabad movement’s spiritual head in NSW, also told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that he did not know it was illegal for a man to
touch a child’s genitals when he had to deal with an abuse complaint in 2002.


Rabbi Yosef Feldman resigns from Yeshiva Centre board

A Sydney rabbi who told a royal commission that he had not known in 2002, when he was the administrative director of a rabbinical college, that it was illegal for an adult to touch a child's genitals has resigned.
 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.


Feldman resigns

In light of recent statements and views expressed by Rabbi Yosef Feldman, The Yeshiva Centre has accepted his resignation as a Director on the Board of Management of The Yeshiva Centre, which includes his administrative responsibilities.
The Yeshiva Centre thanks Rabbi Yosef Feldman for his years of selfless dedication to the Centre.
Rabbi Yosef Feldman
The Yeshiva Centre reiterates its staunch commitment to protect victims of abuse including full compliance with authorities and legal procedures.


Report lashes Qld principal over abuse

A Queensland principal failed to appropriately deal with a pedophile teacher who sexually abused 13 schoolgirls, a report has found.
Terence Hayes didn't report two allegations of sexual abuse against teacher Gerard Byrnes in 2007, despite having clear instructions to do so in the Catholic school's child protection kit.
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".


Royal commission into abuse criticises Catholic Church response

The Catholic Church vigorously fought a legal claim from a sexual abuse victim to discourage other potential claimants from mounting their own litigations, according to a report released by a royal commission on Wednesday.
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

Rabbis accused of sex abuse cover-up granted religious honours

ADMINISTRATORS of Yeshivah College have admitted never investigating complaints of a child sex abuse coverup, saying they briefed high-profile lawyer Robert Richter QC instead.
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.


Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse : The Rabbinical Council of NSW

Following the appearance of Rabbi Yossi Feldman at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, The Rabbinical Council of NSW has issued a statement.The RCNSW  views with distress and dismay the increasingly sordid revelations that are emerging from the Royal Commission into Child sexual Abuse in Melbourne and Sydney.  Our hearts are heavy and filled with anguish at the suffering endured by the victims. We empathise with their pain and the pain of those close to them.


Child abuse victim says Yeshivah leadership culture ‘rotten to core’

A VICTIM of child sexual abuse perpetrated by two members of the Yeshivah community has described the ultra-orthodox leadership culture as “rotten to its core”, after learning a senior rabbi described him as an “informer” with no contradiction.
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,


Victim says 'sexual abuse as bad as murder'

The sexual abuse of children within the Jewish community has been likened to murder by a victim.

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.


Chabad Gave Torah Honors Last Shabbat To Rabbis Accused Of Child Sex Abuse Coverups

Chabad in Melbourne gave Rabbi Avrohom Glick and Rabbi Yosef Feldman aliyot this past Shabbat, even though both have been exposed at the Australian Royal Commission investigating child sex abuse as people who allegedly covered up child sex abuse, enabled it and harassed alleged victims.


A priest committed child-sex crimes, and was later appointed as the deputy to a bishop

A retired senior Catholic priest from western Sydney, Father Richard Cattell, is scheduled to appear in Sydney's Penrith District Court on 20 February 2015 for sentencing on child-sex charges. The offences were committed against an altar boy in the 1980s. At a later parish, in the early 1990s, Father Richard Cattell was appointed as the Vicar-General of Sydney's Parramatta diocese, helping to administer this diocese for Bishop Bede Heather.


Royal Commission to hold Newcastle hearings behind closed doors

Hunter region survivors of childhood sexual abuse will give evidence to the Royal Commission during four days of private hearings in Newcastle later this month.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is investigating how organisations, such as churches, have dealt with allegations of abuse.
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

Feldman out on a limb

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry had distanced the community from Rabbi Yosef Feldman, the spiritual head of the Southern Sydney Synagogue who has completed giving evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse  hearing in Melbourne.


Rabbi decried ‘hype’ over child sex abuse allegations

JEWISH leaders should not publicly encourage victims to go to police as it feeds media “hype” that causes “fake victims” to make allegations, says an outspoken ultra-Orthodox rabbi.
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.


Yeshivah abuse victim says scholarship was removed after he reported rape

Victim of jailed abuser David Cyprys says principal Rabbi Abraham Glick cancelled the award after telling him of incidents, royal commission hears

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.


Repentant child abusers should not have to be reported, rabbi says

Rabbi Yosef Feldman tells royal commission leniency should be shown if abuser has not offended for decades and fears abuse ‘hype’ encourages ‘fake victims’
 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.


Rabbi Yosef Feldman tells child abuse royal commission reformed paedophiles deserve leniency

Paedophiles who are no longer abusing children should not have to spend their lives feeling like the "scum of the Earth", a senior rabbi has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Rabbi Yosef Feldman, a leader within the Sydney Yeshivah community, told the inquiry he was friends with convicted child abuser Daniel Hayman when he was arrested and charged in 2011.


Rabbi Yosef Feldman says media hype causes ‘fake’ abuse victims

AN orthodox rabbi has argued media “hype” causes “fake victims” to make allegations of child sexual abuse, while admitting he feared people were making false allegations against his friend, David Cyprys, who was later convicted of serious child sex offences. 


Rabbi calls for leniency for pedophiles

A SENIOR rabbi believes the justice system should be more lenient towards pedophiles who have repented.
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

Senior rabbi calls on Yeshivah leaders to resign following royal commission hearings

The head of Victoria's largest Jewish school has criticised ultra-Orthodox leaders who remained silent over child sex abuse allegations, saying only their resignations and a new watchdog for rabbis can restore faith in the community.
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.


The Royal Commission: Sentiments without action are not enough

Rabbi James Kennard, principal of Mount Scopus Memorial College in Melbourne has issued a statement on the current hearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse….declaring “sentiments without action are not enough”.
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

How Broken Rites helped to expose the church's cover-up of Brother Ted Dowlan (alias Ted "Bales")

This Broken Rites article is the most comprehensive account available about the background of Australia's notorious paedophile Christian Brother Ted Dowlan. Despite Dowlan being jailed in 1996, the Christian Brothers did not expel him from their Order. Instead, they said that they would be prepared to continue looking after Dowlan in the future. Dowlan later changed his surname to Bales and, helped by the Christian Brothers organisation, he moved into a private house of his own. In October 2014, after more of his earlier victims finally contacted the police, "Ted Bales" pleaded guilty to some more of his crimes and was remanded in custody to await his next sentencing procedure, which is scheduled for 27 February 2015.


German priest gets six years in prison for sexual abuse

A Catholic priest has been given prison time for his misconduct with minors in Germany. He previously faced similar charges while working abroad in South Africa.
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.


Royal Commission: Our darkest week

The Australian Jewish community has just witnessed one of its darkest weeks.
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

George Pell ignored pleas of Ballarat sex abuse victim, court told

A victim preyed on by a Christian brother who was part of a notorious pedophile ring involving the clergy in the Victorian town of Ballarat claimed George Pell, the former Archbishop of Sydney, ignored his pleas to stop the abuse, a court has heard.


Head of Jewish school did not know he had to report child abuse, inquiry hears

Former director of Orthodox Jewish college tells royal commission he ‘didn’t have a clue’ a staff member massaging a student’s genitals might be a criminal matter
 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.


Departing student was related by marriage

The Rabbinical Administrator of Yeshiva Gedolah,Bondi,  Rabbi Yosef Feldman, present at a July 2002 meeting with  name protected AVL and his father, Rabbi Pinchus Feldman, admitted that AVL, a student at the Yeshiva accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour, was a relative by marriage.


Royal Commission to hold public hearing into out-of-home care

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney from Tuesday 10 March 2015.
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:
  1. The incidence of child sexual abuse in contemporary out-of-home care settings.
  2. Recruitment, assessment and training of carers in out-of-home care.
  3. 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.
  4. Systems, policies, practices and procedures for
    1. reporting allegations of child sexual abuse in out-of-home care
    2. responding to allegations of child sexual abuse in out-of-home care, and
    3. supporting children who have been sexually abused in out-of-home care
  5. Any related matters.

Top NSW rabbi to face royal commission

Sydney Rabbi Yosef Feldman is next to give evidence to a royal commission investigating institutional responses to child sex abuse allegations.
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.


Australian child sex abuse inquiry asks senior New York rabbi to appear

Rabbi Boruch Lesches has been asked to appear via video link or provide a statement responding to allegations he dismissed reports of abuse in Sydney
 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.


Speaking with: Tim Jones on child sexual abuse within religious institutions

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse reconvened this week. Announced in 2012, the commission was established due to growing concerns over consistently inadequate responses to child abuse cases by institutions.


Thursday, 5 February 2015

A priest pleads guilty to assaulting a nine-year-old girl

A Catholic priest in Victoria, Father Leslie Sheahan, now 84, appeared in court on 3 February 2015 and pleaded guilty to a charge that he indecently assaulted a nine-year-old girl in one of his parishes forty years ago.
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.


Police resolve on sex abuse crimes welcome

ACT Policing has launched, with some fanfare, an operation to investigate allegations of sexual abuse at institutions in Canberra as long ago as 1951.
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".


Rabbi didn't stop fleeing abuse suspect

A senior Australian rabbi told a suspected child sex offender he wouldn't hold him back if he tried to leave the country.
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.


Royal commission into child sex abuse

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is examining:
* 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.