I came across this article in the Australian (dated 9th Janaury).
You can read the full article here: Rape secrecy 'puts children at risk'
This topic is very close to home for me, I am surprised by my own reaction, as I am of the view that the convicted should
be allowed to attend school (provided that he is monitored the entire time he is there) and that his identity (and therefore past) should not be revealed to students of parents in the school.
I am curious to know what others think. What would you do if your child was at this school?
PARENTS will not be told that an 11-year-old boy was raped at a regional South Australian school, as the mother of the victim says children are being put at risk by the government's continued silence.
The now-convicted rapist, who was an older student, has been transferred to a new school, but teachers and parents have not been told of his conviction.
The mother of the primary school student, whose attacker was convicted of rape and given a suspended sentence in 2011, was shocked to learn late last year that parents and staff at the school where the assault occurred remained in the dark.
This is despite the state government vowing to ensure transparency with school communities in instances of serious sexual assaults following an audit, which resulted in three schools being belatedly advised of serious assaults.
The revelation is the latest twist in the scandal engulfing the state Labor government over its handling of sex abuse cases in public schools, which is the subject of an inquiry with royal commission powers.
In an email dated December 19, 2012, and obtained by The Australian, the education department's director of regional programs Anne Kibble advises the boy's mother that the school community would not be told of the incident because it involved a student-on-student assault.
"(His) case is not one that is being considered for informing the community, the media accounts are referring to cases of adult to child incidents," the email said.
The mother said parents should be alarmed by the government's decision and warns that students are at risk.
"How would parents feel knowing that their son or daughter is sitting next to a convicted rapist in a school and not being told about it?" she said.
"How are teachers going to keep an eye on him?"
The mother also said she was concerned that there may be other victims at the school where her son was raped who were yet to come forward.