Prestigious private schools face multi-million dollar lawsuits from alleged abuse victims

Some of Australia’s most prestigious private schools are being sued for millions of dollars by men who allege they were sexually abused by teachers and staff.

Sydney lawyer Ross Koffel is bringing multiple claims for damages in the NSW Supreme Court against schools including The Scots College, Knox Grammar, Waverley College and De La Salle, Revesby Heights.

Mr Koffel told the ABC he had been approached by a large number of men who allege they were abused at private schools around the country.

“It just seemed to me to be the same problem in school after school after school and it surprised us how many schools, how many students are affected,” Mr Koffel said.
“It is a systemic problem in the institutions, in the schools. We’re alleging sexual abuse of the students during school hours in most cases and on the school premises, and it just really couldn’t be worse.”

Ten separate claims against The Scots College, Knox Grammar, Waverley College and De La Salle College, Revesby Heights have been lodged and another two claims will be lodged in coming months.

Mr Koffel said he is investigating another eight claims against other schools.

Do you know more about this story? Email investigations@abc.net.au

/ continued… ABC news

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