Maltese child migrant was neglected, beaten and raped at an orphanage by the Christian Brothers

He was told he would be going on an adventure. Instead, he was subjected to neglect, frequent beatings and violent sexual assaults at St Mary’s Agricultural School in Tardun, Western Australia. The Royal Commission yesterday heard from VG, a Maltese immigrant who, following the death of his father, was sent to the Christian Brothers’ orphanage. At age 16, he was “pimped out” to a local farmer. VG told the Commission that he lost his childhood, his faith and the chance at an education. After a disappointing payout by the state’s redress scheme and multiple attempts to end his life, VG told the Commission that the real issue for him was to punish those who are responsible.

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About Peter Kelso

I am a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. I have been admitted to practice since 1984. I am the principal and founder of Kelso Lawyers which has operated in Newcastle since 1986.

I have been an advocate for compensation for victims of abuse since the commencement of the Victims Compensation Tribunal in New South Wales in 1988. I conduct the largest victims practice in New South Wales. I have a high level of engagement with numerous NGOs such as woman’s refuges, sexual assault services, community organisations and healing centres.

On 31 October 2012 I was a finalist for the Justice Medal, presented by the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales.

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