Child abuse royal commission: Former Brisbane Anglican diocese general manager told victim of abuse to keep complaint to himself

ABC News

By Allyson Horn

A former senior church official told a Brisbane victim of sexual abuse to “get on with his life”, a royal commission has heard.

The Royal Commission into Institutionalised Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been examining the conduct of two men, former music teacher and convicted paedophile Gregory Robert Knight and former school counsellor Kevin John Lynch.

Knight worked at St Paul’s School between 1981 and 1984, while Lynch worked there between 1989 and 1997.

The inquiry is also looking into Lynch’s times at Brisbane Grammar School (BGS) between 1973 and 1988.

Today in Melbourne it heard from Bernard Yorke, the general manager of the Anglican diocese in Brisbane during the 1990s.

He told the commission via video link that he met with an abused student and told him to keep the complaint to himself.

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