WHAT THE EXPERT SAYS
According to Sydney-based clinical psychologist and expert in child abuse Dr Gerard Webster, teachers who lure and groom students are often deluded and addicted to power.
“The vast majority of sexual abuse perpetrated by adults in professional roles goes unreported, and of the few that are, most don’t get raised until a quarter of a century later,” he explains.
“Some teachers believe they won’t get caught because they are deluded about the nature of the relationship, thinking the child will remain loyal to them, or frightened of them, forever.
“Teachers who groom or sexually abuse children, regardless of whether the teacher is male or female, either fail to recognise the harm that is almost always caused when a child is engaged in sexual behaviours with an adult, or they simply don’t stop themselves from acting on their desires.
“I think we are only just beginning to see a new generation of children who are more prepared to disclose, and are more supported when they do come out as having been abused or approached inappropriately.”