Staff tolerated culture of sex abuse at St Paul’s School

Some pupils were inhibited from reporting abuse by their parents’ pride that they were at the school, a review found

A culture of “power, complicity and coercion” allowed endemic sexual abuse to flourish for decades at one of Britain’s leading public schools, an inquiry has found.

St Paul’s School, in Barnes, southwest London, failed to challenge paedophile teachers because “maintaining the reputation of the organisation” was a higher priority than “any consideration of the impact their behaviour had on pupils”.

A serious case review was ordered in 2017 after five former teachers at St Paul’s and its junior school, formerly known as Colet Court, were found guilty of sex offences against boys or the possession of child abuse images.

The convictions followed a police inquiry prompted in 2014 by a series of articles in The Times in which former pupils made allegations against staff who…

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January 14 2020, 12:01am, The Times

1 thought on “Staff tolerated culture of sex abuse at St Paul’s School

  1. This is what many of us have been waiting for! Andrew Norfolk (The Times) has earned the congrat’s that others in Australia’s early days of our recent CARC (Child Abuse Royal Commission 2013-17) have been hoping for. In what many of us have felt was alike ‘the crest of a wave’, key parts of Great Britain, Europe, Canada, United States amongst many others are quickly losing abilities to hide their secrets. As stated by this article “power, complicity and coercion” had been an ingrained culture, yet a growing amount of the right voices are speaking out.

    CSA should never be allowed to occur.

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