Amazing man, such courage, doing something about the abuse allowed, condoned, ignored within these religious institutions. No child should ever have to go through this, and there is an added layer of deeply painful betrayal, that it was by ‘religious’ people, claiming to love Jesus. I support this man fully. He a man of courage, integrity and persistence, and more of these people are needed in the world, not mindless sheep and weak leaders.
Imagine this. It is 1949. In small-town Australia, a young woman makes a decision that will change her life and – immeasurably – those of her two small children. Defeated by an abusive marriage and a life of poverty, far from the support of her own family, she leaves her toddlers in the one room they live in, and takes the train to a new life without them.
Their father, unable or unwilling to raise the children himself, delivers them to a local children’s home, run by the Anglican Church. Sometimes he comes to visit, but after a while stops. Four-year-old Suzanne and two-year-old Richard never see either of their parents again.
This is where you might want to shut your imagination down. What followed is the stuff of nightmares, unimaginable for those of us who grew up in warm, safe and loving homes. Suzanne and Richard, along with many…
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