PJM was made a ward of the State of NSW at the age of 18 months. PJM was removed from his parents’ care as a result of familial abuse and neglect.
PJM was moved between various State “Boys’ Homes” until the age of 15 years. During his time at one government run home he was the victim of repeated sexual, physical and emotional abuse at the hands of several employees of the home. PJM was too scared to notify other teachers, believing it would lead to more abuse. In addition to the horrific abuse, PJM was made to perform physical labour in and around the school, rather than being allowed to attend any lessons. He therefore left school being unable to read or write.
As a result of the physical and psychological trauma PJM sustained he was unable to hold down a job, nor build any meaningful relationships.
After hearing about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, PJM contacted Stacks Goudkamp Lawyers for advice. Although it had been over 30 years since the abuse occurred, Stacks Goudkamp Lawyers were able to build a case against the State of NSW in negligence and reach an out of court settlement and, importantly closure for PJM.