4 responses to “We were charged with being neglected”

  1. John is not my real name but I have to tell my story. While I did not attend an orphanage I did attend St Anne’s Convent School at Sarina also run my the Sisters of Mercy. During my seven years at this school:
    1. I was canned across my fingers by a nun as a 6-8 year old during piano lessons if I hit the wrong keys,
    2. I was punched with the closed fist of the mother superior for not getting a map from another class when the other lay teacher had told me that map was not there.
    3. I and most other boys were belted with a barbers strap on many ocassions – the strap was provided to the nuns by the local barber
    4. we had our mouths washed out with solvol soap if we swore
    5. I saw other boys bitten with baseball bats by the nuns
    6. I was canned by the nuns to a point where the balckboard ruler broke and I was in grade one
    7. I saw boys physically l lifted by nuns and bashed against walls
    We lived in fear of these nuns. Generally they did no touch the girls in the school but boys seems to be fair game right from grade 1 and we had parents to go home to so I can only imagine what orphans were subject to

  2. The aurthor Alice Miller gave me back my sanity,I have all her books in my home
    library.her literature was around long before any anyone took notice of the damage
    control dealt out to us by our so called carers in institutions.

  3. I was repeatedly molested psychologically, sexually and physically by both nuns and priests from an early age until about 8 years of age, I have found that speaking out against the abuses of the churches and the so called religious has been of incalculable benefit to me.

    In regards bringing up your children and in regards an understanding of my own experience I read a great deal and found the writings of Alice Miller (For your own good – the roots of violence in childhood) to still be one of the the best resources available for those of us who experienced a total abuse of trust and left us with relationship issues to deal with.)

    I am appalled at the failures of governments to respond appropriately to those who were abused through secret deals etc and appalled by some so called survivor support groups whose role it is to obtain information to pass back to the church so that past crimes can be covered up.

    I wish you both well and hope your journey of repair and reconnection with society brings you peace and harmony.



  4. I grew up in Neerkol. I was taken there when I was 4 years old and left the home when I was 16.
    Almost 40 years later – I cannot understand why I am unable to control my emotions when reading about incidents that happened at Neerkol. I do not talk about my time at Neerkol as it reduces me to tears. I am not a weak person, I had to learn to be strong.
    Raising my family had it’s difficult times, as I did not know the true concept of -family-.
    An apology or a monetary compensation cannot take away the emotional scarring or loss of identity that has affected us our whole life.

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