Friday, February 15, 2013

Teachers at U.K. Music School Charged with Sex Abuse

ChethamsSchool_2-15-13Manchester's Chetham's School of Music is caught in an explosion of allegations of  sex abuse. Reports in the media seem to have encouraged increasing numbers of students to come forward with their own stories of teachers who abused them in the past.

On Feb. 8, Michael Brewer, the former director of music at the school, was found guilty of "indecent assault" of a former pupil, who committed suicide after testifying against him.

The Guardian now reports that five women have come forward with allegations of sex abuse during the 1970s by the late Ryszard Bakst, a piano teacher at Chetham and at the Royal Manchester College of Music. All claim to have made complaints to the school, to no avail.