Sex victims not to blame: judge

Adrian Love; 12/5/10

A Victorian Supreme Court judge has urged the victims and families of a piano tutor who molested 11 young girls not to blame themselves. Justice Paul Coghlan said yesterday it was important that people learn how the victims felt. through their victim impact statements. ”I’m a father, and a grandfather, and I’ve got a powerful sense, I think, of family. But I can’t possibly put myself in the position that you’re in, while I do my best to do so, because I’m not there … Things have occurred and they won’t be changed,” he said. ”… I can only reinforce: please don’t blame yourselves. You are genuinely the victims of these events, not the cause of them, and bear no responsibility for them whatsoever.”