“It is time for the Christian Brothers to be made accountable for the rapes, floggings,cruelty, neglect,brutality, child slave labour, inhumane treatment and lack of education of boys in their ‘care’. ”
CLAN will be holding a fortnight of rallies for the two weeks of the Royal Commission
public hearings outside the building, to make the general public aware of the
criminaltreatment of these boys and the legacy of abuse on these men
The rallies will be held each morning Monday 28th April–Friday 9 th May 2014
Outside the WA Industrial Relations Commission, 111 St Georges Tce,Perth, WA
CLAN is a support, advocacy, research and training network for people who grew up in the 900+ australian orphanages children’s Homes, foster care and other institutions.
Former child migrant tells harrowing tale of abuse as royal commission heads to Western Australia
|Joanna Pennglase CLAN|
Mr Hennessey was 10 years old when he was taken from his orphanage in Bristol, England, in the mid-1940s and sent to Western Australia.
He says the commission will open old wounds.
"I remember one day - it was a Sunday - these three Christian Brothers came to the hall and the nuns told us the Brothers are looking for children to go to Australia," he said.
"They said 'You go to Australia - kangaroos will take you to school, there's fruit everywhere'.
We were only little kids and this was music to our ears."
'A living hell': hard labour, savage beatings and sexual abuse
In those days, we were little kids, we didn't know what paedophilia was.John Hennessey
'Extreme cases' of abuse to be put forward: commission
The stories of physical and sexual abuse are very confronting and there will be some quite extreme cases of abuse put before the royal commission.Janette Dines, royal commission CEO