A former resident of a Sydney girls' home has given distressing testimony of the sexual abuse and beatings she received while living at the institution, reports ABC/Yahoo7.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse yesterday held the second of three days of public hearings into the Parramatta Girls' Training School and an affiliated facility, the Hay Institution for Girls in the Riverina.
Both institutions were closed down in 1974 after public protests against the conditions endured by the girls who lived there.
Janet Mulquiney was sent to Parramatta in 1970 after running away from home and breaching a good behaviour bond.Yesterday she told the Commission an officer at the home who has since died, superintendent Percival Edwin Mayhew, gave her a black eye after she asked to use the bathroom outside the allotted time.
'He was a really big man, he was a bit like a hawk,' Ms Mulquiney said. 'He was very imposing and scary and you just absolutely knew that if you had to go see him you were in the biggest trouble under the sun.
'I got a black eye from Mr Mayhew punching me and as a result I was not allowed to have any visitors.'