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Systemic failures in preventing abuse in Victorian schools

Systemic failures in preventing abuse in Victorian schools

In a harrowing inquiry into child sex abuse at Victorian state primary schools, survivor stories of heartbreak and devastation have emerged. The focal point of this investigation is Beaumaris Primary School, however, the inquiry is looking at 24 schools where four alleged perpetrators worked over 40 years.

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High Court grants leave to appeal child sexual abuse decision

High Court grants leave to appeal child sexual abuse decision

In 2023, GLJ (a pseudonym) took their case to the High Court of Australia seeking leave to appeal a decision granting a stay of the proceedings in their child sexual abuse case. The High Court granted the appeal, overturning the decision of the New South Wales Court of Appeal.

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Abuse compensation due to negligence of sporting associations

Abuse compensation due to negligence of sporting associations

In the realm of sports, the revelation, in late 2023, surrounding Perth Wildcat Kendal “Tiny” Pinder exposes the unsettling reality of sporting “heroes”. Pinder’s on-court success overshadowed his off-court predatory actions and now, former Wildcat’s owner, Bob Williams, faces a groundbreaking civil action for failing to protect young fans from Pinder’s predatory actions.

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Beaumaris Primary School child sexual abuse inquiry expands

Beaumaris Primary School child sexual abuse inquiry expands

The Victorian Government’s Board of Inquiry into child sexual abuse claims in Beaumaris Primary School and other government schools has taken a significant turn as it expands its scope to include six additional schools and uncovers allegations against two previously unnamed teachers.

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What does the court consider in a stay of proceedings application?

Child abuse claims - can they be thrown out of court?

In this article we will consider what is a ‘stay of proceedings’ and look at what a court might consider to grant an application for a permanent stay of proceedings in child abuse claims.

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Alleged sexual abuse by Launceston nurse

Emerging history of Launceston nurse’s acts of sexual abuse

Launceston nurse, James 'Jim' Griffin has been charged by Tasmania Police with more than a dozen offences related to child sexual abuse. We believe there may be a basis to allege that the departments and organisations involved, breached their duty of care.

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Difference between a common law claim and the national redress scheme for victims of childhood abuse.

Achieving the best compensation for survivors of childhood abuse

Historically, the lasting consequences of child abuse, particularly (PTSD, has prevented survivors throughout Australia from accessing the compensation they rightfully deserve. In this article, we look at the primary differences between compensation via the National Redress Scheme and a common law claim due to someone else’s negligence.

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National Redress Scheme opens for victims of institutional child sexual abuse

National Redress Scheme opens for victims of institutional child sexual abuse

The National Redress Scheme was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. What remedies are available? The National Redress Scheme may assist in…

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