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Toowoomba child sex victim speaks out on national TV

"We need to keep that conversation alive… to let other victims know that… they're not alone," Lyndal told 60 Minutes reporter Liz Hayes.

A WOMAN who sustained sexual abuse as a 12-year-old at the hands of the boarding master at a Toowoomba private school has appeared publicly for the first time to speak of her experiences.

Lyndal's story is the subject of a book by prominant Toowoomba lawyer Stephen Roche who represented her during a landmark civil case in Toowoomba against the Anglican Church and Diocese of Brisbane and is now a movie titled Don't Tell currently in cinemas.

She was repeatedly sexually abused by her boarding master Kevin Guy in the early 1990s and 10 years later successfully sued the church and diocese.

SILVER SCREEN: The poster for sex abuse survivor story Don't Tell, the dramatisation of one girl's survival of abuse at the hands of a private school teacher in Toowoomba.
SILVER SCREEN: The poster for sex abuse survivor story Don't Tell, the dramatisation of one girl's survival of abuse at the hands of a private school teacher in Toowoomba. Tara Miko

Now a mother and working in education, Lyndal appeared on Channel 9's 60 Minutes program last night to speak out against the scourge of child sexual abuse and the system that, in her view, doesn't support the victims as well as it should.

"We need to keep that conversation alive… to let other victims know that… they're not alone," Lyndal told 60 Minutes reporter Liz Hayes.

The system needed to give "power to the victims not the perpetrators", she said.

See part of the interview here.

Topics:  child sexual abuse toowoomba


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