WHAT THE EX­PERT SAYS

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - True Crime -

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.”

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