Australian panel told of sexual abuse of boys at Salvation Army homes
By Jethro Mullen and Jessica King, CNN
Wed January 29, 2014
(CNN) — An Australian commission is hearing allegations of the physical and sexual abuse of boys in the care of the Salvation Army over several decades.
The shocking treatment at some of the organization’s boys homes included rape, beatings, locking boys in cages and, in one case, forcing a boy to eat his own vomit, the commission was told Tuesday.
The public hearings, taking place in Sydney, are part of a wide-ranging investigation into how Australian institutions responded to cases of child sexual abuse.
The current phase is focusing on the Salvation Army’s response to abuse that took place in four of its boys homes in the states of Queensland and New South Wales in the 1960s and ’70s….
The Salvation Army isn’t denying the abuse, which came to light previously. It has apologized, admitting that hundreds of boys suffered in its care….
Those who did complain weren’t generally taken seriously.
“In cases when abuse was reported, the boys were often disbelieved and were punished for reporting what were characterized as ‘lies,’” he told the hearing….
These pages have been designed to answer questions you may have about The Salvation Army’s response to The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. On the 28th of January 2014 the Royal Commission will begin its public hearing into four boys’ homes operated by The Salvation Army’s Australia Eastern Territory during the period from 1965-1977.
The Salvation Army feels deep regret for every instance of child sexual abuse inflicted on children in our care. We are grieved that such things happened. We acknowledge that it was a failure of the greatest magnitude….
Child abuse inquiry: Priest told boy he was ‘product of evil and satanic relationship’
29 January 2014
A priest told a former resident of a church-run children’s home in Northern Ireland that he was the product of an evil and satanic relationship, an inquiry has heard.
The son of an unmarried mother said he became a zombie, introverted and fearing the next beating, lying soaked in urine at night in an attempt to dissuade any sexual abusers from “dropping the hand”.
He was a resident at St Joseph’s in Termonbacca, Londonderry, run by the Sisters of Nazareth order of nuns, in the 1950s and complained about his treatment to a priest after leaving the home.
The response was: “You must never speak about this, you must understand… you and the other orphans are bastards. You are the product of an evil and satanic relationship. You never had a chance.”….
“I have waited 65 years to say this. When I was reared by the Sisters of the Congregation of Nazareth it was equivalent to being reared by the Taliban, such was their sadism, their lack of empathy, their fundamentalism, their lack of dignity to the little helpless boy.”
He ran away and was recovered time after time.
One nun smirked and said: “Welcome back, your majesty,” the witness said.
“Then the beatings would start.”….
Are our children at risk of Satanic pedophile rings?
Judy Byington Saratoga Springs Child Abuse Examiner
January 29, 2014
Are our children in danger of exploitation by global Satanic pedophile rings?
This month several child abuse survivors of Satanic pedophile rings came forward to say “Yes.”….