Carmel College was founded in 1948 and closed in 1997. It was intended as a Jewish alternative to the traditional English boarding schools based on so-called Christian values. While successful in giving many young children a good education, it also allowed a now convicted Housemaster and French teacher to prey on the children in the years between 1968 and 1988. The children often lonely and far away from their support-network and families were easy victims.
It could not have been fun to be a teenager victimized by this person.
- Dark Modernism : the forgotten story of an abandoned Jewish boarding school (Explorabilia – Alternative Travel Experiences – blog)
- Carmel College sex abuse: Victim speaks of childhood ordeal (BBC)
- Acclaimed composer tells of sexual abuse at Carmel College (The Guardian)
The Salesian College located in Sunbury, Victoria, Australia was founded in 1929. In the 1970’s and up to some point in the 1990’s various forms of abuse took place on the hands of some of the employees. A number of persons were convicted.
It is safe to say that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager while the abuse took place.
- Justice four decades later (The Adviser)
- After 42 years, two victims expose the church’s cover-up (Broken Rites Australia)
- Extra jail time for rapist ex-priest who assaulted boy at summer camp (The Age Australia)
The St. Joseph care home sometime named St. Joseph’s boys school or St. Joseph Institute are in the news due to an investigation into a number of death taking place in the 1950’s among the 60 boys enrolled at that time. 34 deaths over a short period is alleged to be on the hands of a monk.
If it is the case that a monk killed boys off the boys, it is safe to say that it could not have been fun to be there as a child.
- Former head nurse says 20 boys were killed at Dutch boarding school (Daiji world)
- Dutch prosecutors probe Catholic institute deaths (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Multiple Deaths at Boys’ Home Were No Accident (Reuters via Bishop-Accountability)
The facility also going under names as St Joseph’s College and St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill is located near Sydney in Australia. It was established in 1881. For many years is was very closed connected to a Catholic Religious Institute of Brothers called Marist Brothers.
Recently articles about abuse which took place while the school had close connections to the brotherhood appeared. Testimonies were given before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. A former brother was convicted but most of the alleged abusers had died at the time of the hearing.
It could not have been fun to be victim to the abuse committed by some of the brothers back then.
- Catholic Brother stands trial for the sexual abuse of his ‘favourite student’ in the late 1960s (ABC News Australia)
- Raped a dozen times when he was just 11 at a Catholic boarding school: Tony Daly reveals the devastating pain he hid during his storied rugby career and how his life spiralled out of control after retirement (Daily Mail Online)
Lava Heights Academy run by the same company who ran the now-closed Red Rock Canyon school and Mount Pleasant Academy is mentioned in an article where a mother realized that her son had run away when the police in Arizona picked him up. The facility had not reported him missing and as result of that the police were not looking for him. He could have been hurt by criminals while without adult company living in the streets.
Why did they fail? Maybe it is because the employees are not given the conditions they need.
A former employee writes:
Company pretends to care, but gets rid of good people and keeps bad ones in supervisory and management positions. Examples are they have nurses working as direct care staff.Pros
Management doesn’t care about people
It is clear that is the only good thing is free meals then you do not get caring employees. Employees who will speak out against management if the children placed at the facility do not the treatment set up in their treatment plan.
It cannot be a good place to be as a teenager in need of treatment.
The idea sounds fine. Putting youth out on a ship so they can skip possible drug use. The execution far from fine. Lacking teachers and being confined in a foreign harbor where the children can go into town unaccompanied. According to a TV2 documentary in the Danish TV2, it did not take very long time before the teenagers connected with a local drug-dealer so they could smoke weed almost every day.
We are talking about an arrangement which put the taxpayers back some 39,800 dollars.
And we are not even talking about the security risk a teenager alone in another part of the world would risk. Fact is that some of the teenagers came back without proper schooling which they were promised and it is a huge setback for their future. That is not something which is fun for the teenager when reaching adulthood and face the reality of life without proper career due to lack of education.
- Brugte 247.422 kroner på at sende utilpasset elev til Caribien: – De ture skal simpelthen holde op (TV2 News – in Danish language)
- Young criminals have been sent on Caribbean cruises in an attempt to reform their behaviour (The Daily Telegraph)
- Skipper: Derfor skal unge kriminelle på sejltur til Caribien (Jydske Vestkysten – in Danish language)
- Kommune sendte kriminelle unge til Caribien: ‘Vi røg hash af kedsomhed’ (BT)
Desert Hills located in Albuquerque, New Mexico closed in 2019. Various lawsuits mention Acadia Healthcare as owner. Drugs were used on the children and not to heal them but to control their temper.
Lawsuits also mention various forms of abuse including sexual abuse.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child.
Reviews left on Rehab.com mention:
i was a patient in 2014 for 4 months. i was sent there because i had just been removed from a home where i was abused for 4 years. i was starved, brainwashed, emotionally abused, & upon many other things. i don’t remember alot after what happened because i blocked it out, but i have vivid memories of my treatment here. i remember almost all the ppl i was grouped w & the staff. i was in the aspen branch i believe in the girls unit. i don’t remember being treated poorly, except for the other patients who would physically harm me, but their behavior was punished so i didnt mind. this place holds so many memories for me & this is the only i really felt like i could reach out, because they apparently closed april 1st.
A few years ago i was a patient in this facility. I am 15 years old now and was 12 when I left. I hated the place. Some of the staff were helpful but most (like 95 percent of the staff) didn’t take their job seriously and would literally look at their phones most of the time. Even though a lot of new and great staff came in every day, the kids would pick and choose the staff by making them quit by either physical or emotional means. This made it so the whole facility was under staffed and in utter chaos. I stayed here for a long time because it was so stressful my priority was staying safe and not getting out by behaving. If you tried to behave the kids that were the worst would be happy to push you past your breaking point and then do whatever you could to get out of the unit. Also, the “ring-leaders” of the unit would scare the staff so much that the staff would give them good marks on their check board saying that “they did great today” even if they didn’t.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child.
- Lawsuit: Desert Hills staff used ‘booty juice’ to control children (KOB 4 news)
- Multiple lawsuits claim physical and sexual abuse at Desert Hills, Acadia Healthcare (KOB 4 news)
- Agency moves to shut down ‘archaic’ facility, attitudes (Santa Fe – New Mexican)
- Problems with child welfare services persist after closure of troubled facility (Santa Fe – New Mexican)
The Children’s Village located in Dobbs Ferry, New York since 1901 has a dark evil past which is now about to be revealed. It was named New York Juvenile Asylum before. Many lawsuits concerning alleged sexual abuse have emerged. Investigation into the matter is still ongoing here in 2021.
The facility has existed since 1851. More recent cases shows that there had been problems as late as in 2006.
Some acts of abuse were made by former employees, others by former children placed at the facility and the management did according to the lawsuit not address the problems.
It could not have been fun to be placed there as a child.
A group home located in Westminster, Vermont has been forced to surrender its license due to a number of issues. They failed to report sexual abuse within 24 hours as mandated by law.
April 2019 a girl was forced to have sex with male classmate. Nine boys who were residents of Kurn Hattin “had been engaging in sexualized activity with each other.” according to an article. In the past it was even worse: Documents, social media posts and interviews with victims detail how more than 60 children who came from disadvantaged homes were allegedly assaulted from the 1940s through 2019. Eerily similar patterns of sexual, physical and psychological abuse were covered up for decades, victims say.
Children as young as 7 years old have said they were molested by Kurn Hattin caregivers, administrators or peers.
It was too late to change the general approach at the facility, so it was decided that the group home should no longer operate and close down.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child.
- Under state pressure, Kurn Hattin gives up license (VT Digger)
- ‘Culture of abuse’ alleged at Kurn Hattin over 80 years (VT Digger)
- Kurn Hattin Home Students Report Sexual Abuse (Sibley Dolman Gipe)
Founded in 1893 as a reform school, it was converted into an orphanages in 1923. Up til around the early 1970’s the management used not alone corporal punishment but also beatings to an extend so it was abuse. None of the adults were charged when the facility went through a reform in the early 1970’s in order to avoid a scandal because the state had neglected its oversight and supervision of the facility.
In 2019 prime minister Mette Frederiksen apologized on behalf of the state of Denmark for failed actions to intervene in the past.
The number of children staying at the facility were reduced and the children got their own rooms. For a number of decades everything then sounded fine.
But in 2021 news came that the facility failed to reports incidents where they had restrained the children which is against the laws in Denmark as every case where children are restrained has to be reported to the state authorities in order to evaluate the use of restraints and learn how to prevent them in the future.
It functioned as inspiration for the movie “Der kommer en dag” (The day will come)
It could not be fun to be there as child in the past and not now either as there is a reason for the mandatory reports to be made.
- Magtanvendelser mod anbragte børn og unge bliver ikke indberettet (TV2 News – in Danish language)
- Rørt Mette Frederiksen til Godhavnsdrengene: På vegne af Danmark, undskyld (Danmarks Radio – in Danish language)
- Danish PM apologises for historical abuse in children’s homes (BBC)
- Der kommer en dag (Internet Movie Database)