Today the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s final report into Knox Grammar School was tabled in the Federal Parliament.
The report was an investigation into the School’s response to incidents occurring between 1970 and 2003. Those incidents had resulted in an investigation in 2009, and the charging and later conviction of one current and four former teachers.
The findings of the report reflect the commentary which has been prevalent since 2009 through the court cases and the public hearings of the Commission. We welcome that commentary and the recommendations, which despite relating to historic matters, have our full support.In 2009, the School and the Uniting Church issued an unconditional apology to the survivors and we have since been working together on redress. We remain deeply sorry for the pain and suffering inflicted on these men in their childhoods, and commend them once again for their courage in coming forward.