Randolph's story

Randolph came to the Royal Commission to tell a story about when he was in kindergarten at a government primary school in New South Wales in the early 1960s.

He missed school one day and on his return the next day he found out they’d done a medical examination on all the boys the day before. It was the girls’ turn and they were all taken into a room, along with Randolph and a few other boys who’d also been absent, where they were made to stand in their underwear.

Randolph said a woman examined him by putting her hand down his underpants and feeling his genitals. He said, looking back on it, he thinks she was feeling him too much.

‘I remember panicking quite a bit but she had me by the arm with one hand and had my groin in the other. I remember starting to cry … I ended up with an erection.’

Randolph said she turned him around and pulled down his pants to inspect his behind, and all the girls saw his penis and started giggling. He told his parents but they dismissed it.

Randolph was very humiliated and skipped school for two weeks. When he returned, the girls teased him badly, which continued with some of them right on through high school. A couple of the teachers stuck up for him on occasions when he was being bullied, but even after his uncle complained to the school, nothing was done.

Randolph said he had a normal working and married life, but later, when he was going through a stressful period at home, he committed a sex offence by flashing at someone. That behaviour continued and he is currently in jail for sex offences.

He told the Commissioner he realised while doing a sex offenders’ course that the pleasure he gets out of seeing others embarrassed is linked to the episode in kindergarten.

‘I’m in here as a sex offender, even though I have never had sex with a child, I’ve never, but I’m a flasher. That’s what I am. And I remember that same feeling and I never realised it until I did this course that that was the episode that brought this shit on.’

Randolph said he didn’t think it was appropriate for health checks to be conducted in schools. Prohibiting such checks, he said, would help avoid dangerous or humiliating situations.

Randolph said the episode has had a significant negative impact on his life and still brings him a lot of anger. ‘But at the same time it’s helped me realise the error of my ways and the reason behind it, so that’s good.’


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