These days, children can become victims of sexual exploitation in a variety of ways. If the sexual predator is a parent, the incest is likely to be a closely held secret. Whoever the predator, sexual abuse has long-term, devastating consequences.
The warning signs of sexual abuse include the following :
A young child who suddenly has difficulty sitting or walking, suggesting injury to the genital area.
A child who suddenly refuses to change for gym or take part in other physical activities at school.
A child whose hygiene changes suddenly, since children who have been sexually abused may feel “dirty” and stop bathing (or become obsessed with cleanliness, and wash constantly).
A child who demonstrates unusual knowledge of sex or sexualized behavior.
A child who becomes pregnant or contracts a venereal disease, especially under the age of fourteen.
A child who says s/he has been sexually abused by a parent or caregiver.
We assume that the predator parent or caregiver (uncle, boyfriend, etc.) is likely to be secretive and isolated. This is not always, however, the case.
The sexual predator may be unusually “protective” of the abused child, often sharply restricting a child’s contact with other children – particularly those of the opposite sex.
We are the only guardians children have against the darkness of this world. It is vital that we remain vigilant on their behalf.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5: 8).
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Prestigious Melbourne school Trinity Grammar has paid out more than $1 million to a former student for the historical sexual abuse he suffered.
John Turner, abused in 1974 when he was 16 by boarding master Leslie Wiggins, said he felt vindicated.
“It makes me feel whole again. It makes me feel like a person. I never felt adequate as an adult, I always felt I was hopeless,” he said.
“The feelings of inadequacy and extreme anxiety have been present with me my entire life since the sixth form.”
Mr Turner, now 62, was sent to Trinity as a 14-year-old, moving from Papua New Guinea where his step-father was the vice chancellor of its university.
Boarding school life in Melbourne was at first fun and full of mischief in the shadow of some of their masters who Mr Turner described as a “procession of weirdos and oddballs who came and went”.
The boys would make jokes amongst themselves when they knew they were being watched in the showers by one master, and Wiggins, the assistant school chaplain, was known to have “liked little boys.”
Wiggins targeted Mr Turner after he and his friends were caught smoking marijuana. Awaiting to hear whether he’d be expelled, Wiggins came into Mr Turner’s bedroom at night on the pretext of wanting to help him. Wiggins assaulted him twice before the teenager asked to be moved into a shared dormitory.
Mr Turner told his sister, then his father found out and called a meeting with headmaster John Leppitt, who asked Mr Turner to leave the boarding house. Mr Turner didn’t fight back.
“I felt that I was saving my fellow boarders from a disastrous outcome because they’d been threatened with expulsion and I’d been told I was the ringleader. They were country boys so if they were expelled, it would have been life-long shame,” Mr Turner said.
Mr Turner left the boarding house to live with his father in Richmond, and he said he was thrown into the “abyss”. He started an arts/law degree at Monash University, and his father had plans for him to go into politics. But riddled with anxiety, he couldn’t finish the degree and lurched from job to job. He now runs his own cleaning business.
“I could never hold a job down and it’s almost a direct result of that. I would just get restless,” he said.
Mr Turner said he chose to go public in an effort to try and get in touch with his school friends, as well as a close friend from Ruyton Girls’ School who was assaulted by a Trinity master.
“I don’t know what’s happened to them in their lives and I want them to know I was trying to protect them,” he said.
By coming forward, Mr Turner also had to disclose to his wife what had happened to him as a boy.
“It was difficult, but she has always been very supportive. She was terrific. And for her it explains a lot,” he said.
“Now that I’ve told everyone, I’m not ashamed of it.”
Wiggins was convicted in 1991 of indecently assaulting three boys on the Mornington Peninsula. He died several years ago.
Mr Turner praised the school’s current administration for their handling of his claim.
“Right from the start, they accepted responsibility,” he said.
School council chairman John Gillam said historical cases of child sex abuse has darkened Trinity’s history, but the school was committed to ensuring support and action for those affected.
“We are deeply sorry that these abuses have occurred. The school will not forget nor underestimate the impact these historical incidents have had,” Mr Gillam said.
Rightside Legal senior associate Laird Macdonald, who represented Mr Turner, said institutions are “slowly waking up to the devastating consequences of child abuse and the compensation they have to pay to deal with this dreadful legacy”.
Trinity signed up to the redress scheme in 2018 and Mr Macdonald said, had his client gone through that system, he would have received a maximum $150,000 in compensation.
The way the school dealt with Mr Turner’s claim signals a shift in a school that had struggled to grapple with historical abuse claims.
This came to a head when allegations were made against a once revered school figure, Christopher Howell, who taught at Trinity for more than 40 years.
Howell took his own life before he was due to face court on an indecent assault charge, and, even though they knew about the allegations, former headmaster Dr Michael Davies and his deputy Rohan Brown penned a tribute calling him a hero.
It’s relieving to know that the figures leading into Feb 20 are that RCbbc Blog has reached 691 Subscribers + 39 Followers. To each of the viewers of our Support Group – “You’re not alone!”
The honesty raised through many of these Discussions, Statements + Meetings often leads to Qld Justice being supported in their ongoing matters. Through the Sharing of related postings, local-national-global news events often reveal common patterns of CSA behaviour.
As ‘International Students’ began being focussed on, around Australia Day, 2020 will now have another focus of peers on. While celebrating Australia’s global reputation in foreign countries, some of these postings may reveal further angst amongst ESL (English as Second Language) families. Obviously, it’s beneficial for all when a positive outcome is made of any negative settings.
Not realising how impacting the issue of international students would be, it seems that this is a largely untapped area. Unsurprisingly, as Education appears as a high commodity in Australia’s Budget, through the handling of Students our nation has boundless incentives to be hands-on(😯?). Similar to the frequent defence of ‘no harm intended’, the amounts of information + reasons for foreign speaking Families of suspected CSA surviving Children + Students is quite astounding!
From Victorian Education Dept’s Risk Assessment Template for International Students, the Events or Environments of Highest risk are:
Homestay host is not clear on Child Safe requirements and mandatory reporting procedure;
Parent of International student not clear on how to report child abuse;
This is where BBC has performed well, as to the the first item – mandatory reporting procedure. Discussions had with the PMSA confirm this, in-addition to easily viewing + Sharing copies of the related PMSA Historical Abuse Redress Policy (PDF). What does cause concern is the ongoing leaps in statistics of BBC’s previous, current and potential enrolments. This is where the second listed ‘Highest risk’ appears, in the items above. Even through discussions with BBC ‘Old Boys’ experiences in foreign countries, it appears that even reported Australian CSA occurrences are not included with other Education systems. This could be compounded in ESL predicaments, as demonstrated by particular interest in views from non-English countries.
Although a focus of lowSES Students, has been identified amongst some of those spoken with – there is still an extremely ‘bottomless pit’, when International Students are concerned. As much an advantageous asset is any academic institution to have a high reputation, many overlapping issues brings this to our latest topic. Even an earlier (supposedly convicted) past BBC teacher, Overlack was recognised employed at QUT Kelvin Grove. Also being recognised in Boarding Schools in Great Britain was another past BBC teacher. Similar to the frequency of ‘Church-Hopping’ throughout Religious sectors, ‘School-Hopping’ carries some anonymity, which allows such CSA Predators a chance to ‘change their mask’: (Anthony) Kim Buchanan – ‘Butch’ opted to change name use to Anthony (Kim) Buchanan AND role (Secondary Teacher to Counsellor).
“A leopard 🐆 can’t change their spots”
it’s impossible for one to change their character, even if they will try very hard. The expression, sometimes also used as “a leopard can‘t change its spots”, is used to explain the idea that no one can change their innate nature.
Predators apparently continue their loss of personal attachment, in their ongoing quest to remain immersed with their prey. Most Victims, however are so traumatised that immediate resources must be made available. Following are details from CARC:
The work of this Commission, and particularly the stories of survivors, may bring up many strong feelings and questions. Be assured you are not alone, and that there are many services and support groups available to assist in dealing with these. Some options for advice and support are listed below:
1800 Respect – 24/7 telephone and online crisis support, information and immediate referral to specialist counselling for anyone in Australia who has experienced or been impacted by sexual assault, or domestic or family violence.
As for the following stat readings, our RCbbc Blog has had expected jumps in the viewing patterns. Over the biggest days of the 26th Jan Settlement-Invasion Holiday, wider attention is being shown to the possible influences – community, social, cultural (International-students) + retail values.
From each of these + as Kim Buchanan (Butch) was both the longest unrestricted, most intense and frequently acknowledged CSA Predator-Abuser, interest in his Potential Charges and related Sentence is greatest.
Closely following this is Nick (Nicholas) Lloyd’s situation with Qld Justice / Qld Police. Similar to the delicate matters of Catholic’s George Pell (prev. Cardinal), attempting to shift ‘public blame’ on legal technicalities – Lloyd’s eventual retrial is assisted through any extra info past BBC students (‘old boys’) may be able to offer. As contact has been made with various past students + Qld Justice staff, we’re able to provide their Contact Info if you know of related info.
This newsletter gives you an update on the National Redress Scheme, including how to, and where to get support, recent progress on applications and new developments in the Scheme.
Redress Support Services
This newsletter contains material that could be confronting and stressing. Sometimes words or images can cause sadness or distress or trigger traumatic memories for people, particularly for those people who have experienced past abuse or childhood trauma.
There are free and confidential Redress Support Services to help you. They can support you before, during and after you apply for redress. Services can provide practical and emotional support, legal advice and financial counselling. If you need immediate help or counselling, 24/7 support is available.
made 1,194 decisions, including 975 payments totalling over $79.3 million
made 148 offers of redress, which applicants have six months to consider
was processing 3,733 applications
had 898 applications on hold, including 557 because one or more institutions named had not yet joined and about 341 because they required additional information from the applicant.
From 1 July 2019 to 3 January 2020, 747 applications were finalised, resulting in 736 payments. This is more than the 239 payments made in the first year of the Scheme.
Ministers Redress Scheme Governance Meeting
On Friday 29 November 2019, the Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, hosted the Ministers Redress Scheme Governance Board meeting with relevant ministers with responsibility for the National Redress Scheme in their State or Territory. Ministers were unanimous in their commitment to the timely delivery of redress and providing greater accountability and transparency to the Scheme. Ministers also agreed that non-participating institutions should join the Scheme without delay to ensure survivors receive the support and acknowledgement they are waiting for.