The Courier-Mail

Elite school in abuse fail

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GEELONG Grammar senior staff were told of sexual abuse and bullying from the 1950s until 2007 but failed to put a stop to it, an inquiry has heard.

The Royal Commission into Institutio­nal Responses to Child Sexual Abuse began its hearing into the prestigiou­s private school yesterday.

The commission detailed the sexual offending of 10 former staff, including five convicted of sexual offences against students, four deceased staff and one staff member not named. The inquiry heard evidence of bullying and sexual abuse inflicted on two boys now aged in their sixties.

Counsel assisting the Commission David Lloyd said staff knew about sexual abuse. “It is anticipate­d there will be evidence that employees at Geelong Grammar, including very senior staff, knew about allegation­s of sexual abuse,” he said.

The hearing is set down for two weeks.

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