Grant Davies with students at his studio. He is awaiting sentencing on multiple offences. The sister and former business partner of paedophile dance teacher Grant Davies has issued a tearful apology to his young victims, telling a royal commission she failed to protect them.
Rebecca Davies told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse she did not identify her brother’s predatory behaviour with RG Dance students as paedophilia.
“I make this apology to the children, many now young adults, who suffered abuse by Grant Davies while at RG Dance,” she said.
“I am deeply sorry to those survivors who have lost their precious childhood innocence and continue to suffer and deal with the impacts of this abuse today. This royal commission has helped reveal to me my personal failings.
“I completely accept that my judgment was clouded by the fact that Grant Davies was my brother. I failed to protect the children entrusted to me.”
The commission heard evidence that Ms Davies was concerned about her brother’s overly familiar behaviour with students as early as 2002.
It also heard she was aware in 2007 that parents complained he told their then 13-year-old daughter he had had a dream about having sex with their daughter and a threesome with another teenage student.
Ms Davies told the commission that in 2008 a teacher raised concerns about Davies being alone with a student in a room at the Chiswick dance studio.
She said she had read a 2012 email which she acknowledged raised allegations of a sexual nature against Davies, without specifically naming him or the school.
She conceded to the commission she should have asked for more information when a teacher and mother of a student told her and Davies in early 2013: “There are things I have been hearing that I thought you should know about,” to which Davies responded: “Are you calling me a paedophile?'”
The commission heard Ms Davies had no idea her brother was sexually abusing children until April 2013, when his now ex-wife found explicit photos and messages involving a young girl on his computer.
“We were in complete shock,” she said.
Davies was arrested in May 2013 and charged with 63 child sex offences committed between 2001 and 2013.
He admitted to a string of offences against nine victims aged between nine and 15 years old and will be sentenced in May.
RG Dance closed in the wake of Davies’ arrest but Ms Davies continues to work in the dance industry in Victoria.
The inquiry into performing arts schools before Justice Jennifer Coate continues.
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