Whippings, gang rapes and family letters kept from children: Harrowing evidence of Anglican church abuse that ran for 48 years.

Children at Anglican children's home physically and sexually abused by clergy and staff - Comment on 2013 November 20

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The whoosh of the riding crop and the screams of the children echoed through the corridors of the Anglican Church children's home, the royal commission into child sexual abuse heard today. Read more:

Two days ago we had 2013 Nov 18 Priests are atheists and criminals and there was also the report about the orphanage in Australia. Today I found some new information about this. Here some extracts:

 

Whippings, gang rapes and family letters kept from children: Harrowing evidence of Anglican church abuse that ran for 48 years

The whoosh of the riding crop and the screams of the children echoed through the corridors of the Anglican Church children's home, the royal commission into child sexual abuse heard today.

"I remember hearing the whoosh of the riding crop every time Matron hit the child," a victim from the former North Coast Children's Home in Lismore said in a statement read to the commission.

"The whoosh noise filled me with intense fear," said the victim, who can only be identified as CM.

Matron Jean O'Neill would take children into her office and close the door. "I heard her whipping children in her office with the crop and the children screaming.

"I would be whipped for the most trivial things like not using my manners," said CM, who was seven when first whipped with the leather covered, steel riding crop. "It would leave red marks, bruises and cuts on me which sometimes took two weeks to heal."

Children at Anglican children's home physically and sexually abused by clergy and staff

Another victim, identified as CD, said in a statement that he was six when he went to the home to begin a cycle of physical, sexual and psychological abuse.

"I also saw other children being sexually abused. I once saw a group of about five older boys pin down one of the young girls who lived in the home, and they all raped her," he said.

CD was told he would be bashed if he spoke up. "The girl was there, naked and crying, and I couldn't do or say anything."

When he finally left he was shown a bag full of letters and presents by his district officer. "He told me that they were things - gifts and letters that people had sent to me while I was at the home. Miss O'Neill had kept them all locked away from me in the office."

The royal commission is examining the response of the Anglican Diocese of Grafton to the claims of child abuse at the Lismore home.

 

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