Fighter for victims of child abuse dies
The man whose stories of abuse triggered Tasmania’s biggest child abuse revelation has died.
Hobart’s Waler Tusyn died at the Royal Hobart Hospital on Sunday. He was 59.
His accounts of abuse as a child ward of the state tapped a torrent of stories from others, many kept secret for decades, and sparked an inquiry.
Ombudsman Jan O’Grady’s report in 2004 detailed tales of abuse uncovered in institutions and the community.
It began a process of compensations for those abused.
Many of them had lives of despair and crime.
Mr Tusyn lived at Wybara Halls boy’s home and later was sexually abused by a foster carer.
“Horrific crimes were done there,” Mr Tusyn said of Wybara.
Steve Fisher, founder of Beyond Abuse, said Mr Tusyn should be remembered for fighting tirelessly for victims.
“Wally Tusyn did as much for abuse victims in this state as anyone has ever done,” Mr Fisher said. “He should be held up in high respect.”
Mr Tusyn ran away from Wybara to get sent to Ashley Youth Detention Centre, where he knew of boys being trained for work on farms.
In December last year the State Government acknowledged Mr Tusyn was raped by his foster carer, but he lost his compensation bid because he only lodged the claim in 2003.
But the act was amended, paving the way for a continuation of battle this year.
Mr Tusyn was a keen greyhound trainer and spent more that 35 years in the industry.
Mr Tusyn, of Chigwell leaves wife Gaylene and children Cherie, Ricky, Dean and Nicky.