The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse has heard harrowing details of small boys being dragged from their beds and raped within children's homes operated by the Salvation Army, reports the ABC.
The Commission has begun its fifth inquiry, this time examining cases of abuse at four boys' homes operated by the prominent charity. Some of the evidence shocked even some survivors and their advocates, including the caging of children, punishment parades, and appalling, Dickensian conditions.
The hearing is investigating incidents at the Alkira Salvation Army Home for Boys, at Indooroopilly in Queensland, the Riverview Training Farm at Riverview in Queensland, the Bexley Boys' Home in Sydney, and the Gill Memorial Home at Goulburn in southern New South Wales.
The actions of at least five Salvation Army officers are set to be scrutinised by the commission, with 13 former residents of the homes expected to give evidence.
Counsel assisting the Commission, Simeon Beckett, told the inquiry the content is at the 'severe end' of the sexual abuse examined in the case studies to date. In his opening address, Mr Beckett told the Commission that boys were punched and thrown to the ground. Some were humiliated and forced to take cold showers in winter, while others were forced to sweep playgrounds at the homes with a toothbrush.
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