Archive | July 2021

850. Children’s Village (Dobbs Ferry)

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.

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849. Kurn Hattin Homes for Children

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.

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848. Godhavn

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.

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847. Aaløkkegaard

Aaløkkegaard was a children orphanages located in Odense. It existed until 1955 when it was closed for reasons, I have not been able to obtain information about.

From 1955 to 1980 the facility now under new management was a kind of boarding school. The abuse mentioned in various articles happened when it was an orphanages (between 1920 and 1955).

Today the building house ordinary apartments.

According to an article on TV2 Fyn men from the higher circles in Odense could rent a child at the home for a short time so they could fulfill personal needs which almost every time was not in the interest of the child. Beatings, sexual abuse is among the issues mentioned in the article.

It could not have been fun to be there as a child.

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