State child abuse in religious-based children’s homes


With the welcome media focus of late being on the need for an Inquiry into the historical abuse of children in state care, I thought I would add some missing korero to this.

Judge Carolyn Henwood, Sonya Cooper, Elizabeth Stanley, the Never Again stance from HRC[1]Susan Devoy[2] the Nga Morehu on the Hui[3], have mainly focused on the state abuse of young people in New Zealand larger care institutions. With all of this “speaking out” on our behalf, I’ve wondered about the voices of those who are no longer with us, about the women’s stories and the very small children who were incarcerated into religious-based children’s homes. I have been talking about this on various social platforms and the response has been almost a deafening SILENCE. It’s seemsthat whilst experts/advocates/panel members can be very vocal about state abuse in some of the bigger institutions…few seem…

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