Tele: NSW sex crimes squad boss Stacey Maloney tells students not to isolate themselves

NSW police have held crisis talks with private school bosses to urge students to report sex attacks in a bid to expose a secret rape culture after 3300 students reported being assaulted by male peers.

NSW Police have held crisis talks with private school bosses to encourage students to report sex attacks in a drastic move to expose the secret rape culture.

New Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad boss Stacey Maloney was locked in urgent talks on Thursday with governing body Association of Independent Schools of NSW urging schools to hammer home the message to students: “Your assault may not be isolated, I implore you not to isolate yourselves.”

“We want to empower victims to report incidents of sexual violence,” she told The Daily Telegraph.

New head of the Sex Crimes Squad Detective Superintendent Stacey Maloney. Picture: Tim Hunter.

“When a report is made it informs NSW Police of a potential offender in the community and enables us to be aware of their potential threat.

“We are committed to seeking justice for victims and ensuring they are appropriately supported to address any trauma that comes with these sorts of crimes.

“Pursuing legal action, can come immediately or anytime thereafter.”

Police involvement comes after former Redlands School student Bronte Vanderfield, 19, revealed she only last week told Dee Why police she was raped in the bedroom of her northern Sydney by a friend on January 1, 2019.

Bronte Vanderfield reported to police how she was raped two years ago at her house. Picture: Dylan Coker

She is among 3300 privately-educated teenagers who reported being raped and sexually attacked by Scots, Cranbrook, Waverley and Redlands schoolboys, among others, in a petition launched by former Kambala schoolgirl, Chanel Contos.

The latest five-yearly Personal Safety Survey revealed 38 per cent of women (421,400) and 16 per cent of men (185,200) aged 18-24 experienced sexual harassment in the 12 months prior to the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics analysis.

Two in five people aged 18 years and over experienced sexual harassment in their lifetime.

Child and adolescent psychologists have urged parents to better police teenagers’ unsupervised access to porn on the internet, arguing it breeds a culture of sexually entitled young men seeking instant gratification.

A staggering 72 per cent of teenagers aged 14-17 were exposed to pornography in the past six months, according to The Australian Institute of Family Studies.

“There is a growing culture of pornography linked to premature sexual permissiveness,” said psychologist and president of the NSW Parents’ Council, Rose Cantali.

Cranbrook school principal Nicholas Sampson urged parents to take a more active role in their child’s social lives writing to them this week:

“The overworked phrase ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ carries a central truth: Schools are vital elements within the ‘village’ but there are others.”

Chief executive of The Association of Independent Schools of NSW Dr Geoff Newcombe welcomed working alongside the police, the government and Catholic schools to address these “most serious issues”.

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