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Brutal School Ties - The Parktown Boys Tragedy (Paperback)

Sam Cowen

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In September 2018, Collan Rex, former water polo coach at Parktown Boys High, was found guilty of 144 charges of sexual assault and sentenced to 23 years in prison. He had molested and choked a boarding house full of school boys into silence and shame, leaving behind a trail of broken lives. His response in court? It'd been done to him, in the same way, at the same school.

Now the victims, the parents and the abuser tell their stories.


Imprint: Melinda Ferguson Books
Country of origin: South Africa
Release date: June 2020
Authors: Sam Cowen
Dimensions: 230 x 153 x 15mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 250
ISBN-13: 978-1-928421-00-9
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > General
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LSN: 1-928421-00-8
Barcode: 9781928421009

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A tragedy bigger than you think.

Mon, 11 Jan 2021 | Review by: Michelle M.

You begin this book knowing what happened, a young water polo coach, an old boy of the school, molested many, many boys. I know how I felt about him at the start of the book, how would I feel by the end? What you know at the start of the book, the bare bones of Brutal School Ties is like looking through a keyhole and thinking that you have the whole story. You don't, you need to open the door and step inside before the tragedy unfolds. The full story begins almost a decade earlier, and even before that. As you near the end you realise that the story that you started reading thinking it was about a young water polo coach is about more. It's about a toxic code of silence stretching back further than anyone can pinpoint, it's about masters and old boys looking away, it's about the normalisation of abuse and it's about boys having nowhere to turn. It's about belittling and humiliating 13 year olds so that they become compliant, silent victims, waiting for their turn to have a go at 13 year olds that were just like them a handful of years ago. It has stayed with me this book. I think how many have passed through that school, what has happened to them and wonder how they are doing today. The ones that no one knows about. The ones with no book that tells their story, anonymously or otherwise. And the water polo coach? Well, I'll leave you to read the book to see how you feel about him after you've turned the last page.

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