I cannot recall any abuse cases being prosecuted, for victims,from state/civil/non-catholic orphanages, in Australia and the UK, in this time period and the personnel prosecuted/arrested.
Obviously, abuse of children in orphanages is horrific and sadistic, however abuse was definitely not only carried out in Catholic operated institutions.
An example of how children were treated, by the UK government, at this time period was acknowledgement and an ‘apology’ given, by the UK, to over 130,000 children who were shipped overseas - and a paltry 6 million allocated for relocation, etc.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has apologised for the UK’s role in sending more than 130,000 children to former colonies where many suffered abuse. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8531664.stm
And, true to form, in relation to the above - the first case to come to court, was in Australia, but the victim is not suing the UK/Australian governments. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39078652
For several decades, the UK sent children across the world to new lives in institutions where many were abused and used as forced labour. It’s a scandal that is still having repercussions now. It happened to thousands of British children in the decades immediately following World War Two.
The astonishing scandal of the British child migrants **will be the first subject for which the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will hold full public hearings. It’s first because the migrants are now nearing the end of their lives.**
Clifford Walsh stands in the port of Fremantle he is now 72. Fremantle is where, in 1954, aged nine, he stepped off the ship from London, looking for the sheep he’d been told outnumbered people in Australia 100 to one.
He ended up at the Catholic institution known at one point as Bindoon Boys Town is now notorious. Based around an imposing stone mansion in the Australian countryside, 49 miles north of Perth, are buildings Walsh and his fellow child migrants were forced to build, barefoot, starting work the day after they arrived.
As did Brown, the Australian government ‘apologised’ for the abuse shown to these children, and that was it.
Either way, it seems that the UK and other governments leave civilly/government run abuse institutions aside, which would house the majority of orphans, for subsequent prosecutions of personnel running same - as they are not going to dole out the compensation. Needless to say, by only highlighting and prosecuting cases from catholic run institutions assists with the narrative of continually bashing the CC.
Also, a report that was made up, at the time and never acted upon, of blacklisted institutions indicates most were non-Catholic run institutions.
- St Joseph’s orphanage, Sydney
- Dhurringile Rural Training Farm, Victoria
- St Joseph’s, Neerkol, nr Rockhampton, Queensland
- Salvation Army Training Farm, Riverview, Queensland
- Methodist Home, Magill, Adelaide
- St Vincent’s Orphanage, Castledare
- St Joseph’s Farm School, Bindoon, Western Australia
- St John Bosco Boys’ Town, Glenorchy, Hobart
- Fairbridge Farm School, Pinjarra, Western Australia
- Fairbridge Farm School, Molong, New South Wales