School's response to child sex abuse claims to be probed
By the Chronicle
February 12, 2014
A TOOWOOMBA Catholic school's response to allegations of child sex abuse will be the focus of a Royal Commission hearing in Brisbane next week.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will commence at the Brisbane Magistrates Court this Monday.
The hearing will inquire into the response by the Catholic Education Office of the Diocese of Toowoomba, to allegations of child sexual abuse at St Saviour's Primary School.
The public hearing - the sixth since the Royal Commission was established - is scheduled to run for up to two weeks.
Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines, says the scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
- The response by the principal and other members of staff at St Saviour's Primary School in Toowoomba to allegations of child sexual abuse made against a teacher at the primary school in September 2007.
- The response by officers of the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Toowoomba, to information supplied by the primary school principal at St Saviour's Primary School regarding the allegations of child sexual abuse received in September 2007.
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Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
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