Culture of abuse at Hutchins school: hearing told

Echo Netdaily

Rumours of sexual abuse at Hobart boys’ school Hutchins were so rife in the 1960s there was a commonly recounted verse around the city.

‘Get a woman, get a woman, get a woman if you can. If you can’t get a woman get a Hutchins man.’

It was a ditty that stuck in the mind of one former student, now aged 60, who has recounted to a royal commission his abuse at the hands of three Hutchins teachers.

Giving evidence under the pseudonym AOE, the man told how music teacher Ron Thomas touched and rubbed against him while the pair sat at a piano.

‘I would try to get up and run away but Thomas would catch me and hold me on the floor face down,’ AOE said.

It was just one of many stories told to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which heard five days of evidence in Hobart, closing on Tuesday.

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