WA royal commission hears of sex abuse by Christian Brothers

The Australian


A CHRISTIAN Brother tried to indecently assault a nine-year-old boy who went to him with the revelation that he had been anally raped by a fellow Brother, a royal commission has been told.

The first hour of evidence about abuse in up to four West Australian institutions run by the Christian Brothers has included allegations of anal rape and brutal beatings.

The Royal Commission into Christian Brothers Institutions in WA has begun public hearings into the Bindoon, Tardun, Clontarf and Castledare institutions run by the Christian Brothers.

The commission will hear evidence from 11 men who were residents at the institutions between 1947 and 1968.

Ahead of the Perth hearings, adult survivors of abuse at Christian Brothers-run residences in Western Australia told of their hopes that a royal commission could bring some justice. Many were sent to Australia from Britain as young boys, part of the Home Children migration scheme in which over 100,000 British children sent to Commonwealth realms including Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa.

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