The Era of Protecting the Criminal and Leaving the Victim High and Dry


A scandal erupts where a child care worker allegedly rapes a young child. Were the parents who send their children to this center informed?

Of course not!

That would be acting transparently and we can’t have that! Fancy putting the interests of the victim over the welfare of the accused:

POLICE reject claim by Education Minister Grace Portolesi that they advised against telling parents that an out-of-hours school care program staff member sexually assaulted a child in his care.

Mark Christopher Harvey, of Largs North, was convicted in February this year of unlawful sexual intercourse with a young girl in 2010 while she was attending his out-of-hours school care program in the northwestern suburbs.

However, a mother of children who also used the program – who did not want to be named – has said parents were never informed.

Ms Portolesi emphatically told Parliament yesterday the decision to keep the information from parents had been “on the advice of SAPOL”.

However, a statement released last night by SA Police said the principal of the school involved was “advised by police that she should consult with DECS (the Education Department) to formulate a method of advising the school community what had occurred”.

Ms Portolesi refused to respond to the statement and stood by her earlier comments in Parliament.

The mother who spoke yesterday said her two children only told her there was a problem after a school friend saw Harvey on the TV news.

Her children were interviewed this year by police after raising their own concerns about Harvey.

At no time since his arrest had the school or the  notified parents oEducation Department apologised and no counselling had been offered, the mother said.

“I just want to know why we weren’t advised,” she said.

“I think it’s our right. I feel like a failure as a mother because I was not advised of this and was not able to help my children from the start.”

In Parliament, Ms Portolesi said that Harvey’s employment was “immediately terminated” on discovering his offence.

Opposition education spokesman David Pisoni told Parliament Harvey had been employed by the department for a month after his arrest.

“Why has the community not been officially notified?” he said.

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