by V. (guest author) on 9 November, 2011
How is a Forgotten Australian supposed to obtain redress when his former institution ‘destroyed’ its records? A daughter of a Forgotten Australian shares letters from the Government of Western Australia and the Salvation Army.
‘Redress’ refers to the process of allocating funds to victims of institutional abuse in institutions and out-of-home care. However, how can victims access much-needed reparation funds when institutions claim that their records have been destroyed?
Below is a letter to me from the Salvation Army when I was forced to try to locate records myself once Redress WA told us that their were no records to be found, [even though] I did sucessfuly find records and quite a few of them, including hospital visits from the home to the hospital for various injuries…. I have blacked out names because my Mum is also a Forgotten Australian and very sensitive about these matters.
Interesting that Dad told us about the cat’o’nine tails he got for running away. It’s gobsmacking that he went through the pain of filling out his redress application and then them trying to tell us that he wasn’t eligable for a claim as there were no records.
V’s father died before he could obtain redress.
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