Saskatchewan

Ex-students at Saskatchewan Boys' School suing province

A lawsuit has been launched by against the provincial government by alleged victims of physical and sexual abuse at a youth facility now known as the Paul Dojack Youth Centre.

10 plaintiffs allege physical, sexual abuse at former Regina facility

The lawsuit on behalf of 10 plaintiffs against the provincial government was filed this week at the Regina Queen's bench courthouse.

A lawsuit has been launched against the provincial government by alleged victims of physical and sexual abuse at a youth facility now known as the Paul Dojack Youth Centre.

Ten former students at what used to be known as the Saskatchewan Boys' School are alleging the abuse happened in the 1970s, '80s and early '90s.

The statement of claim was filed with the Court of Queen's Bench in Regina by lawyer Tony Merchant's firm.

"The plaintiffs claim that the sexual and physical assaults, mental and emotional abuse and resulting injuries thereof, were caused by the negligence, breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty by the government," the claim says.

The former students allege the abuse was committed by staff people, teachers, case workers and fellow students.

Among those accused of committing sexual assault in the lawsuit is Ron Sawa, who, in 2010, was sentenced to 4½ years in prison for the sexual abuse of nine teenaged boys at the youth correctional facility over a 15-year period.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages for lost wages, health expenses and other costs. There's no dollar amount mentioned. 

The statement of claim contains allegations that have not been proven in court.

Past settlements

The current lawsuit is not the first time the Saskatchewan government has been in court for allegations at the facility. 

As of March this year, the government said it has settled with 46 plaintiffs out of 216 that made claims.

Of the 216 claims, 78 were discontinued and 92 are still active in the courts. These numbers don't include the new claims from Merchant's clients. 

 The total sum of the settlements so far is $2,415,650. 

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