Vigilance, Part 4 – Sexual Abuse

National Institutes of Health Sex Abuse Disorders Graph
(PD as product of federal govt.)

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 [1]:

  • 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.

Guardians

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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[1] Prevent Child Abuse America, “Recognizing Child Abuse: What Parents Should Know”, https://preventchildabuse.org/resource/recognizing-child-abuse-what-parents-should-know/.

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Trinity Grammar settles sexual abuse case for $1 million


By Tammy Mills

February 1, 2020 — 4.30pm


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.

John Turner says he feels vindicated after a $1 million settlement with Trinity Grammar. CREDIT: SIMON SCHLUTER

“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.

John Turner, pictured here when he was 15 years old.

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.

Leslie Wiggins, pictured in The Mitre, the Trinity Grammar year book.

“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.

RELATED ARTICLE Trinity Grammar knew about abuse and protected Teachewr alleged Victim says https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/trinity-grammar-knew-about-abuse-and-protected-teacher-alleged-victim-says-20170224-gukjok.html

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.

The tribute caused deep divides in the school, culminating with Dr Davies’ resignation in 2018. His exit from the school was not over the handling of abuse allegations, but from intense backlash for sacking Mr Brown after he cut a student’s hair. 

If this story has raised concerns for you, the following services can assist:

Lifeline: 13 11 14 lifeline.org.au

Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 1800 806 292 (free call)


RETRIEVED https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/trinity-grammar-settles-sexual-abuse-case-for-1-million-20200201-p53wty.html

“You’re not alone!”

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!

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/real-life/youre-not-alone-shouldnt-feel-9597781

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.

theconversation.com – international students

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.

International students (part 2)

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!

‘Foreign students’ study in Australia

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.

Visitors – Jan 20

Of greatest concern, is those Students + their Families who ‘fall between the gaps’. Through providing our factual evidence, our RCbbc Shares the following link to the International Baccalaureate’s ‘Discussing child protection in international schools’ (http://blogs.ibo.org/blog/2016/04/14/discussing-child-protection-in-international-schools/). Of particular notes is that the key topics of:

  • Educating educators (including International Police Cert.)
  • Lifting the lid
  • More work needs to be done

Closing off with the Author’s for IB Schools + protecting children:

Larsson’s advice for IB World Schools

  • Research the resources available
  • Attend training
  • Invite experts into your communities

To protect children:

  • Listen to them
  • Support them
  • Believe them
  • Find an expert to immediately investigate – it can be damaging to a child to have them repeat a story over and over again to someone who isn’t trained to do the interview.

Target of International Students? (part 1)

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).

Visual idiom

“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:

Finding help and support

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.

Lifeline – Call 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au

24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention

National and State Support Services

National

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Outside Australia, an internet search can also help you link with services most appropriate to your needs and location, or you can contact any of the other organisations on this page

RETRIEVED https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/contact

RCbbc + AusDayEve 🇦🇺

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.

19.01.20 Stats | 186 Views, 109 Visitors
20 Jan – 26 Jan 2020 Stats (~12pm 25.01.20)

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.

RETRIEVED Portal 1990

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.

Nick Lloyd photo retrieved from eNews #2

PMSA_Historical_Abuse_Redress_Policy.pdf

Updated URL, PMSA Historical Abuse Redress Policy

https://pmsa-schools.edu.au/files/PMSA_Historical_Abuse_Redress_Policy.pdf

Happy Chinese New Year!

Celebrating the year of the Rat, 2020 will be the year of getting together. Good luck is wished for all followers, of these international zodiac beliefs!

Twitter – Statements

Statements prompt – following multiple CSA discussions

This month in the National Redress Scheme – January 2020

National Redress Scheme – January 2020 

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. 

Please visit the National Redress Scheme at www.nationalredress.gov.au/support/explore for a full list of support service providers. 

Application progress as at 3 January 2020

As at 3 January 2020, the Scheme had 

  • had received over 5,829 applications
  • 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. 

You can find out more about this at www.dss.gov.au/about-the-department/news/60996

Working with Knowmore – Understand your Journey

The Knowmore legal service is for anyone who is considering applying for redress under the National Redress Scheme. The service is free, confidential and independent.

The team at Knowmore can provide information, advice and options available to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. This includes:

  • making a claim under the National Redress Scheme
  • providing details about payment that may be available through other Schemes
  • providing information about possible civil litigation claims and the names of specialist layers who could help a survivor with such a claim. 

Knowmore has offices in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. You can call Knowmore on 1800 605 762 or TTY 1800 555 677, then 1800 605 762
National Relay Service: 1800 555 727, then 1800 605 762

Find out more

To find out more about the National Redress Scheme, go to www.nationalredress.gov.au or call 1800 737 377 from Australia or +61 3 6222 3455 from overseas (Monday to Friday8am – 5pm local time