Warning: This study covers the taxable of intersexual maltreatment and contains accusation immoderate readers whitethorn find upsetting
A damning autarkic enquiry into intersexual and carnal maltreatment astatine Auckland’s Dilworth School has uncovered a “catalogue of harm and injustice” spanning much than fractional a century, from 1950 to 2005.
Led by Dame Sylvia Cartwright and Frances Joychild KC, the enquiry recovered superior failures by the school’s elder enactment and governance. Cartwright and Joychild released their study astatine a property league successful Auckland connected Monday.
It follows the apprehension of 12 unit members and different men connected to the school, a Royal Commission nationalist proceeding and extended media reporting.
The study – of implicit 500 pages – draws connected grounds from 171 erstwhile students, 30 household members and implicit 100 erstwhile staff. The report’s findings include:
- Extensive intersexual abuse, carnal unit and bullying implicit decades
- Testimony that the rape of schoolboys “often happened connected the altar”
- Students who reported maltreatment to elder schoolhouse unit were called liars and caned
- The schoolhouse did not notation maltreatment to police
The enquiry besides reached a cardinal decision that “ongoing soundlessness astir the intersexual maltreatment recorded successful this study is the superior crushed for the harm caused to galore erstwhile students astatine Dilworth”.
“Regrettably this study is simply a catalogue of what went wrong, the beingness of harm it caused to abused students, however that harm mightiness beryllium fixed and an look of anticipation that the unspeakable events of the past volition ne'er beryllium repeated.”
One of the themes is the part caused by erstwhile students. Some inactive look fondly connected Dilworth arsenic an instauration that provided them with the acquisition and instauration it promised.
Others, who saw oregon experienced intersexual and carnal maltreatment person vastly antithetic views.
They are known arsenic “The Lost Generation” - the Dilworth Old Boys missing from schoolhouse reunions and societal events.
The school’s mythology writes them disconnected arsenic boys from “bad” families, from sole genitor homes, who were lone enroled successful the schoolhouse successful the 1970s and 80s due to the fact that Dilworth had spent the equivalent of millions of dollars connected caller schoolhouse buildings and needed to turn the roll.
In his 2007 book, The Dilworth Legacy, erstwhile headmaster Murray Wilton said determination were hundreds of boys that marque up the “Lost Generation”.
“In effect, millions of dollars of the Trust resources were wasted connected boys who ne'er had the imaginable oregon tendency to emergence supra their presumption successful life,” Wilton wrote.
But the Dilworth Independent Inquiry study came to a vastly antithetic conclusion.
“The much credible crushed for the behavioural problems of this clip was the extended intersexual abuse, carnal unit and bullying. Many erstwhile students told america these factors caused them to go truthful emotionally disturbed they could not relation normally.”
The schoolhouse clime was described arsenic militaristic by 1 erstwhile pupil and arsenic a “prison orphanage”. Another called it a “hellhole of violence”.
Dilworth fostered a “no narking” civilization wherever those that dared to talk retired were labelled homosexual, threatened with unit and successful immoderate cases caned by elder staff.
Bullying was rife, arsenic were random acts of violence. Former students spoke of boys being tied successful sleeping bags and hung retired of 2nd storey windows astatine night.
Sometimes the canning by teachers and housemasters was truthful terrible that students would beryllium near with the tegument of their backside successful a bloody mess.
Boys would beryllium lashed with the cane for doing arsenic small arsenic speaking aft lights retired oregon during prep.
The schoolhouse prided itself connected providing a precocious modular of acquisition for boys from debased income families, who had themselves experienced trauma.
It was that committedness which instilled a consciousness of guilt successful boys who, aft being abused, nary longer wanted the “opportunity” of attending Dilworth.
The boarding schoolhouse situation further chopped them disconnected from what small household enactment they had.
It is successful this clime that the Chaplain – kid enactment offender Peter John Taylor – abused boys with adjacent impunity. His maltreatment is 1 of galore disturbing chapters successful the document.
Taylor’s maltreatment is but 1 example. His lawsuit was astatine 1 clip covered by a sanction suppression bid which Stuff successfully challenged successful November 2022. The details of his lawsuit person not been wide reported.
The enquiry recovered that contempt complaints from boys and assorted “red flags”, Taylor was allowed to instrumentality boys to his location connected schoolhouse grounds astatine night.
A reappraisal by the enquiry of boarding location diaries betwixt 1976-78 shows determination were 41 entries wherever Taylor had boys, often connected his own, precocious into the night.
One introduction filled successful by a location tutor work “[Student] has returned from Guess-who’s spot astatine 10pm doubly present successful the past week and I’m getting sick of it (that’s lone erstwhile I’m connected work - who knows astir the different times!!!)”
The tutor confirmed to the enquiry “Guess-who” was Taylor.
The enquiry besides heard from immoderate of the boys abused by Taylor.
One boy, who had precocious mislaid a adjacent household member, was sent to Taylor for “counselling”. During the session, Taylor tried to sexually maltreatment him.
The erstwhile pupil told the enquiry helium ran to then-principal Peter Parr’s bureau and reported the incident.
Parr reacted by calling him a “nasty boy” and thing akin to “fancy making up a communicative similar that astir a antheral of God” earlier caning him six times.
Taylor kept different lad precocious aft people and sexually assaulted him. The lad swore and ran from the class. His “outburst” was seen by a teacher who reported him to a elder unit member, and helium excessively was caned.
Taylor besides repeatedly raped different lad successful the school’s chapel. The study says Taylor told the lad it was “normal and… Jesus and his disciples did it.”
Other maltreatment happened during prayer.
“After Mr Taylor had locked the chapel doors and undertaken a backstage communion service, rape often happened connected the altar.”
That erstwhile pupil besides reported the maltreatment and was labelled a liar by Parr and caned. His parent was called and told her lad had been misbehaving. He was aboriginal enactment nether the “guidance” of Taylor and the intersexual assaults continued.
He and a fistful of others signed a petition to halt Taylor’s maltreatment and approached Parr. The main called the boys into his bureau 1 by 1 and caned them.
By 1978 rumours of Taylor’s intersexual maltreatment were swirling astir the school.
In 1 incidental Taylor was walking done schoolhouse grounds erstwhile a radical of elder students called retired “child fiddler”. Taylor kept walking.
Towards the extremity of the twelvemonth 1 pupil approached his teacher, Robert Howard Wynyard, and complained astir Taylor. Wynyard, who himself would aboriginal beryllium convicted for the intersexual maltreatment of Dilworth boys, went consecutive to Parr.
A period later, having heard nothing, Wynyard went backmost to Parr and asked to behaviour an investigation. He would yet instrumentality astatine slightest 10 written statements from students earlier reporting backmost to Parr.
Parr, on with committee members Derek Firth and Bill Cotter confronted Taylor.
Firth, a lawyer, told the enquiry that Taylor was fixed the enactment of returning with an admittance successful writing. If helium did that helium could permission the schoolhouse without the constabulary being called in.
Taylor took 15 minutes to instrumentality with a statement.
While Wynyard told the enquiry statements from the boys elaborate intersexual battle and rape, Firth said the committee understood the complaints to beryllium “inappropriate touching”.
The schoolhouse made nary referral to the constabulary and determination was nary counselling for the boys.
Instead, the schoolhouse committee made a “compassionate ex-gratia” outgo to Taylor’s woman of $2000 – the equivalent of $14,850 successful 2023, according to the Reserve Bank’s ostentation calculator.
Four weeks aft his abrupt resignation, Taylor wrote to the board.
“I privation to spot connected grounds my astir grateful acknowledgment to each the enactment and encouragement I person received from you each successful my clip astatine Dilworth.”
The enquiry recovered grounds that the Anglican Church knew of complaints astir Taylor sexually abusing young radical successful Nelson earlier his assignment to Dilworth. Those complaints surfaced six months earlier his Dilworth resignation.
There is nary grounds anyone from the Anglican Church notified Dilworth and Taylor sexually abused much boys successful his last six months.
The committee neither reported Taylor’s maltreatment to police, parents, oregon the Education Board.
This was contempt Parr alerting constabulary to an allegation of a pupil sexually assaulting different lad and Parr calling constabulary erstwhile a pupil was caught with a tiny magnitude of marijuana.
Firth told the enquiry that a constabulary probe into Taylor could person had a “detrimental effect” connected students.
The enquiry recovered his motivations laic elsewhere: “We are much inclined to deliberation that the driving unit down the school’s wide attack to non-reporting was to support the estimation of the schoolhouse and debar the anticipation of adverse media attention.”
That is supported by grounds from an unnamed unit subordinate who spoke to Cotter aft Taylor’s dismissal “Bill [Cotter] said words to the effect that the constabulary should not beryllium progressive due to the fact that the media attraction would springiness the schoolhouse a atrocious name.”
With the continued enactment of the Anglican Church, Taylor went connected to thatch astatine Papakura High School. He besides had enactment roles successful the religion and abused much boys successful the 1980s.
Wilton told the enquiry the failures of Parr and the committee astatine the clip could person led to offending by others.
“Paedophiles, imaginable offenders already successful the School astatine the clip ([Ian] Wilson, [Robert Howard] Wynyard, [Leonard] Cave) whitethorn good person gained assurance from the actions, oregon alternatively inactions and felt emboldened to transportation connected what they mightiness person been doing oregon planned to do.”
But Wilton’s remark did not code the grade of intersexual maltreatment astatine Dilworth.
During the Parr epoch the enquiry learnt that astatine slightest 69 boys were sexually abused. Eight unit person been charged with maltreatment and betwixt 2 and six were moving astatine the schoolhouse astatine immoderate 1 clip implicit this period.
Taylor was replaced astatine Dilworth by Ross Douglas Browne.
Browne would besides spell connected to permission a way of demolition successful the aftermath of his intersexual maltreatment of boys.
The enquiry recovered a cardinal shortfall successful the fig of unit employed to oversee the boarding houses contributed to maltreatment happening.
Repeated pleas from 3 Dilworth principals to summation the unit to pupil ratio successful boarding houses fell connected deaf ears.
One committee chair, Derek Firth, recalled Parr “hammering” the committee for assistance for the students.
Firth told the enquiry the committee was abbreviated of wealth astatine the time.
“The gross understaffing and unaccountability of boarding unit continued,” the enquiry reports.
Bruce Owen, a erstwhile lawman principal, told the enquiry Parr’s “passionate plea” for assistance was ignored by the board.
“That is simply a unspeakable indictment of the Trust Board of that time, their governance and however they carried retired their responsibilities.”
Instead, the committee was much acrophobic with managing the commercialized aspects of the trust.
And its make-up reflected that. Rather than appointing experts successful acquisition and schoolhouse governance, the committee was stacked with businessmen. It besides lacked immoderate input from families, the enquiry found.
Dilworth’s presumption arsenic a backstage schoolhouse meant determination was small oversight by Government bodies similar the Education Department - predecessor to the Ministry of Education.
With nary outer and autarkic audit, the committee was near with an yearly study from the headmaster astatine the time. They were fundamentally allowed to people their ain homework.
“Most past and contiguous Board members were unaware they could not trust connected these assessments to fulfill themselves that the schoolhouse was operating good and students were safe,” The enquiry found.
It recovered the committee and schoolhouse enactment failed to enact policies, enactment students and supply grooming to unit successful however to woody with complaints of intersexual maltreatment and what to look retired for.
But the enquiry recovered affirmative signs for the future.
Current main Dan Reddiex started astatine the schoolhouse successful 2019. In the aforesaid twelvemonth erstwhile students reported intersexual maltreatment by Browne to the Anglican Church which was referred connected to the school.
Dilworth went consecutive to the constabulary who soon discovered the wider intersexual maltreatment and launched Operation Beverley. Twelve erstwhile unit members person been arrested.
Since his appointment, Reddiex has sought Child Wise accreditation for the school, an organisation that requires entities to conscionable standards connected kid welfare.
The process has required Dilworth to embed kid information policies, children and young radical are informed of their rights, families and communities are kept informed and standards are regularly reviewed.
While commending Dilworth’s affirmative developments, the enquiry besides issued 19 recommendations including:
- Reforming the operation of the board. The enquiry projected a exemplary that would spot 2 abstracted subcommittees – 1 to look aft the commercialized aspects and 1 to look aft schoolhouse governance
- Continual outer reviews to guarantee improvements astatine the schoolhouse are maintained, including kid extortion policies
- The Dilworth “collaborates” with survivors
- Improve relationships with each erstwhile students
- Update its disclosure/whistleblower policy
- Develop relationships with parents, Māori and Pasifika communities and see them connected a safeguarding committee
The enquiry acknowledged that immoderate erstwhile students privation to spot the schoolhouse demolished. While the enquiry recognised wherever that sentiment comes from, it does not enactment it.
“Dilworth is worthy preserving and fostering. The imagination of its founders, James and Isabella Dilworth, was to assistance disadvantaged boys person a accidental astatine a decent acquisition and to beryllium cared for successful each imaginable mode portion astatine the school.”
The enquiry said portion it was a substance of “deep shame” and regret that imagination had not been realised for each students, it is imaginable for the schoolhouse to beryllium rehabilitated.
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