Knox Grammar child abuse: reputation protection, empathy and lessons for every parent

Sydney Morning Herald

Without eternal vigilance, the terrible blight on humanity that is the sexual abuse of children can happen at any school; private or public, wealthy or poor.

It can happen anywhere that safeguards are weak, people turn a blind eye or communities place the reputation of an institution above that of the safety of a child.

That the sexual abuse of boys by teachers – and the subsequent failure to act to protect more children – occurred at one of Australia’s elite schools with an otherwise laudable reputation raises concerning issues for all parents.

A three-decade-long open secret about sexual abuse at Knox Grammar on Sydney’s affluent North Shore has been dragged into the public spotlight this week at hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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