Child sexual abuse royal commission: Victim breaks down describing ‘life of pain’

The West Australian


A former resident of a Christian Brothers school in Western Australia has described living in constant terror at the institution where “violence was a way of life”.

John Hennessey is the first of a number of victims to give evidence at the Perth hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

He was a child migrant from the UK and told the hearing he was excited to come to Australia as an 11-year-old boy, considering it an adventure.

Mr Hennessey, who was a resident at the Bindoon Farm School north of Perth, broke down during his evidence today as he recounted the moment he realised “something was amiss”.

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