Christ’s College – The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care
In December last year, one of our Old Boys spoke at The Royal Commission into Abuse in Care.
He described the abuse and bullying that he experienced from other boys in the early 1970s. Since then, we have been in contact with all Old Boys whose contact details we hold. In response, we received many emails from Old Boys describing their own traumatic experiences at College.
Many of those Old Boys are also survivors of abuse. They described a culture of bullying in all its forms, a culture where they were victimised, a culture where they were not safe, a culture where corporal punishment was condoned and a culture where they could not ask for help and, if they did, it was not there.
In our replies to this group of Old Boys we have said we are sorry, that Christ’s College should have been a safe place for them, that it was not and that we failed them. Where we can, we have offered support in any way that is meaningful to a survivor.
We have appointed Mark Wells as an independent facilitator to help with redress. We have an Historic Abuse Policy.
We know that the number who have written to us will represent a larger group who may, or probably likely will not, contact us, but who had similar experiences at College as those who have written.
To this group, we acknowledge your suffering, acknowledge that for you Christ’s College was a frightening place to be and that we could not keep you safe. For this we are sorry.
We know that for many of you, the passage of time will not have dimmed your memories of fear and distress. We cannot undo the past and make right what happened then. We recognise this and encourage you to contact us or Mark Wells to discuss how we may be able to provide meaningful support to you.
Christ’s College is now confronting the reality of this aspect of its history. For many, this has taken too long.
We are now putting the interests of our Old Boys above those of College. This was not always the case.
We will continue to support the work of the Royal Commission of Inquiry and Old Boys who are survivors of abuse.