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The New South Wales Government established reformatory schools and detention centres to provide institutional care and confinement for young people deemed to be in the need of ‘correction’. The Child Welfare Department were responsible for the management of these government-run institutions.
In 1973, the New South Wales Government established and opened Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre, situated at 20 Briar Rd, Airds New South Wales.
Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre (previously known as Reiby Training School) first operated as a training school for girls who were defined as delinquent. In 1977, Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre became coeducational for girls and boy under the age of 18 who been convicted of criminal offences or had been deemed as too difficult to manage in other departmental institutions. The children were typically confined by a court order at Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre.
Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre was managed by a Superintendent who supervised and reported to the New South Wales government (through its agencies).
The child detainee’s at Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre were separated into four units, each containing up to 15 children.
Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre is still open and being run to this present day, however, is now run as a centre for males under the age of 16 years old who are on control orders or on remand.
In light of the evidence provided at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the NSW Police established Strike Force Redcliffe to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by former juvenile justice officers upon detainees at Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre.
In 2017, two female juvenile justice officers were charged by NSW Police for sexually abusing and assaulting detainees at Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre between 1996 and 1997. The first female juvenile justice officer was arrested and charged with 75 offences, with more than 20 of these offences being sexual offences including aggravated assault, aggravated indecent assault and the sexual assault of a child between the ages of 10 and 16 years old. It was alleged that this female juvenile justice officer sexually abused numerous inmates between 1997 and 2004. The second female juvenile justice officer was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault, with these sexual abuse incidents occurring between 2001 and 2004.
In October 2020, another former female juvenile justice officer, Katherine Asiminaris, was charged and imprisoned for 3 years for sexually abusing and assaulting a male detainee who was 15 years old at the time of the assault at Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre in the late 1990s. This juvenile justice officer sexually abused this detainee both before and after the detainee left Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre.
We are specialist abuse lawyers and can help you receive acknowledgement, meaningful apology and financial resolution from those institutions and systems of power that failed to protect you from harm. If you would like advice in relation to a childhood or adult sexual, physical and/or psychological/emotional abuse claim in any jurisdiction in Australia, please reach out to the author, Emily Wright, at Littles Lawyers today.
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