24 Jun 2021

Class action launched against Dilworth School over historical sexual offending

10:23 pm on 24 June 2021

A lawyer heading class action against Auckland's Dilworth School says it should be held responsible for the awful abuse of many vulnerable young boys.

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Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

Two men have filed a complaint to the Human Rights Commission, alleging staff failed to protect students from systemic sexual abuse at the school for more than 30 years.

Other survivors are being asked to join the class action.

One of the legal representatives, Rachael Reed QC, hopes the claim will lead to meaningful compensation.

Already 11 men have been charged as part of a police investigation into sexual abuse allegations at Dilworth.

When one of them was jailed in March the school apologised to victims.

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