The Royal Commission's hearing in Adelaide from tomorrow, Tuesday October 6, will focus on the experiences of people who lived in children's Homes operated by The Salvation Army (Southern Territory) between 1940 and 1990, including Eden Park Boys' Home in South Australia, Box Hill and Bayswater Boys' Homes, both in Victoria and The Salvation Army Boys' Home (Hollywood Children's Village) in Nedlands, Western Australia.
CLAN Executive Officer Leonie Sheedy said Care Leavers are travelling from across Australia to give evidence to the Royal Commission.
"These are Care Leavers who have waited years to talk publically of the crimes committed upon them," Ms Sheedy said. "They have carried their stories of abuse in silence and now have the opportunity to give voice to the fear, hurt and cruelty they have lived with throughout their lives."
CLAN represents thousands of children who grew up in Australia's orphanages, Children's Homes and Foster Care last century.
"Many of us were taken by force from our families, suffered physical and mental abuse, endured neglect and starvation, stripped of our identities and used as slave labour by organisations profiting from access to an unpaid workforce," Ms Sheedy said.
"The effects of the abuse lasts a lifetime. Our experiences as children have severely impacted our lives and the lives of our spouses and children. The evidence gathered by the Royal Commission is helping establish the case for a National Independent Redress Scheme that we hope will compensate Care Leavers for the damage done to them as children and provide some measure of comfort to them in their ageing years."
The hearing at the Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Court starts 10am tomorrow.
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