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Child sex abuse victim advised to change schools

Steve Price

A state MP is calling for action after parents of a six-year-old, who was sexually assaulted by a classmate, were advised to switch schools.

The incident isn’t isolated with parents of a kindergarten student, who was sexually assaulted by a student on a bus, also directed to change schools.

Member for Wyong David Harris confronted the issue in parliament, saying more needs to be done to support victims.

“There’s no real guidelines for [schools] to follow when cases like this happen.

“I was heartbroken when I spoke to the parents and they saw their only option as moving their children.

“If my child had been assaulted in that way I would have been very upset with the solutions that were presented to me.”

Mr Harris, a former school principal, says the “serious” and “disturbing” issue is becoming more prevalent.

“This is a societal problem, it’s one we have to recognise.

“Children are having access to material they’ve never had access to before and unfortunately they act out what they see.”

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