For all of those Survivors, Family-Friends & Caregivers of ChildSexualAbuse at BBC – it pleases me to note that I’ve recently been in contact with a Journalist, previous Old Boys’ (OCA) Staff & another Survivor. Although nothing happens ‘instantly’, particularly re: damages from CSA Perpetrators – it’s releaving to have spoken with some of those effected. It’s possibly more rewarding to help the wider-public realise some truths, which would otherwise have been hidden.
“Prevention, Identification & reporting, Response, Justice for Victims” are the 4 key areas considered by the Royal Commission in this 5th Chapter.
*The below is a chapter summary only of the Interim Report. You can download the chapter in full at the bottom of the page.
What we are learning about responding to child sexual abuse
As Chapter 4 noted, there are four key areas we must consider in our work:
Prevention How to better protect children against sexual abuse.
Identification and reporting
How to ensure:
children, staff, parents and the community can
children disclose abuse quickly
people and institutions report allegations, incidents or
risks of abuse.
Response How to eliminate or reduce obstacles so institutions respond effectively to reports of abuse.
Justice for victims How to address or alleviate the impact of abuse and ensure justice for victims.
This chapter looks at identification and reporting, response and justice for victims.
Identification, disclosure and reporting
Child sexual abuse in institutions is widely under-reported, despite legal obligations.
Individuals and institutions often fail to identify children who have been abused.
Many survivors delay disclosure for years and even decades.
Mandatory reporting laws exist across Australia but they are inconsistent and many people are unaware of their responsibilities under those laws.
There is always a risk that child sexual abuse will occur, and it is essential that institutions respond effectively when it does.
Institutions must respond effectively to reports or information about allegations, incidents or risks of child sexual abuse. Effective responses can help to stop abuse, keep victims safe, ensure accountability and prevent future abuse.
Ineffective responses, meanwhile, can allow abuse to continue, compound the harm of the abuse, impede justice and undermine abuse prevention.
Many institutions treat their duty to respond to reports of abuse seriously and have improved their responses over time. However, the evidence emerging of institutional failures to respond will shock the Australian community, both in their scale and seriousness.
Justice for victims
Justice for victims of abuse is crucial, but emerging evidence shows that victims have often been denied justice by criminal or civil systems or redress schemes.
We are consulting widely to understand how these measures can be improved.
Something which causes an amount of misunderstanding is how other people, unaffected by child sexual abuse only believe that there is only one form of abuse. Anything else is simply ‘imagined’. The Royal Commission clearly outlines CSA:
economic abuse; and
Thanks to a break in my studies, I’m able to post that my Private Session has been successful. Not only was the Qld representative Bob Atkinson understanding my nerves, they were surprised at how detailed my Report was. Now that my matter has made its way through this phase, it’s onto the knowmore legal phase.
Thank you for your communication of 11th March to Brisbane Boys’ College, advising of your intention “to notify all parties of BBC’s families (past and present, ensuring 18+ ages) that lodgement of a Report is being formulated”.
In relation to your request that your message be distributed “amongst current and previous parents (or similar)”, it is not the practice of the college to distribute material on behalf of third parties.
By letter dated 22nd February last, in response to your initial approach to the college, I made you aware of the PMSA process which is followed in relation to notification by former students of alleged abuse at the college and invited you to meet with me to discuss your allegations. To date you have not responded to that invitation..
Mrs J McPherson
Director, Protection From Harm Division
Chairman, BBC School Council
Beginning with this formal link to “Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse”, provided is the URL for this matter. As this site’s purpose is to collect Statements from Old Collegians of the placement of (Anthony) Kim Buchanan (Rudd & Hamilton Houses).
NOTE: Continuing the Objectives of this Royal Commission, monetary claims will not be involved in this investigation. Its purpose is to collect Statements of past BBC Students of their recollection of contact with this BBC Staff (Boarding Master, Teacher, Sports Coach & Housemaster), in support of further Investigations. Should additional details or alterations be necessary – either make a Post or Message Tony Harewood.