maandag, oktober 05, 2015
ABC Four Corners The Homies
They were the kids society didn't want... orphaned or wrenched from broken families, then shunted off to loveless places called - without irony - "homes".
Over decades, tens of thousands of Australian children were sent to state and charitable institutions to be raised by complete strangers.
Some kids were identified by numbers, not by their names. Chores were numbingly routine. Discipline was harsh at best. Many endured extreme cruelty - emotional, physical and sexual.
This is not distant history, but the living present.
For these children are today's middle aged Australians. They live daily with the painful memories and scars of their upbringing…"the bitter, lonely years", as one woman tells it.
Four Corners explores how the childhood experience of "the homies" continues to intensely affect their lives. In some tragic cases the abuse appears to have bridged generations... yesterday's sexually abused child becomes today's paedophile.
Reporter Quentin McDermott finds it's not just the homies who are yet to come to terms with their childhoods. To this day, the people and the organisations that ran the homes struggle to face the past.
"The Homies" was first broadcast on ABC TV on Monday 18 August, 2003.