Melbourne principal admits extent of historical sexual abuse

Xavier College revelations

The principal of a prominent Melbourne Catholic school has, for the first time, admitted the extent of child sex abuse that took place on college grounds, reports the ABC.

Nine Xavier College students were sexually abused at the school in the 1960s and 70s, according to principal Chris Hayes.

Another six former students are in the process of having their claims heard.

"What I know of the 60s and 70s from some conversations is that it was a very different era," Principal Hayes said.

"There has been nine [cases] where there has been a resolution reached, and yes, they involved sexual abuse."

Mr Hayes said no criminal convictions were ever recorded for the offences. "There has been no criminal prosecution or matter brought to the criminal court relating to any Xavier Jesuit or Xavier lay teacher referring to sexual abuse at Xavier college," he said.

He said the school is now a very different place. "I'm very confident things have changed but in saying that we are always vigilant to make sure that the protection of children at the school is paramount," he said.

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Xavier College, top Melbourne private school, admits extent of historical child sex abuse (ABC)

Xavier College admits historic child sexual abuse on school grounds (The Age)

Top Melbourne school admits historical sex abuse (New Daily)

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