Deaf Child Sex Abuse Victims Get Backing To Sue Education
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 19, 2006
LONDON, ENGLAND--Two former students at a residential school for deaf children have been granted public funding to sue the Department of Education and Skills for failing to stop a known pedophile from sexually assaulting them, the Guardian has reported.
The plaintiffs were among dozens of boys and girls who claimed they were raped and molested by the husband of the school's head mistress from 1958 through the 1980s.
Many of those assaults allegedly took place after 1964, when the unnamed man pleaded guilty to sexually abusing nine deaf children. He was fined just £50 ($94 US) and stayed on as the institution's 'handyman' for at least 20 more years.
Some of the children were as young as four when they were assaulted. Because the school severely punished the children for using sign language, many were not able to communicate what had happened to them.
Two years ago, a criminal court rejected a lawsuit against the man, who is now more than 80 years old, because the crimes were committed so long ago.
The Guardian noted that the man now lives with his wife in Wales, but has never been placed on the sexual offenders' register.
"Abused deaf children sue" (The Guardian)
"Deaf victims end 40-year silence on child sex abuse" March 20, 2005 (The Guardian)