Tag Archive | abuse

921. St. Joseph’s Orphanage

 St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Burlington, Vermont opened around 1850 and was in operation until 1974 where it closed down. Part of its existence it was operated by the Vermont Catholic Charities.

A recent investigation uncovered that abuse had taken place. Some survivors of the facility claims that children were murdered at the facility but the investigation found no reason to bring charges against anyone – perhaps too much time has passed and there would be none to charge because they have died in the years since the facility closed.

It is safe to say that it could not have been fun to be there as a child.

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917. ABA Therapy Solutions

ABA Therapy Solutions which were located in Calhoun, Louisiana, United States closed in 2018 due to problems with their license. Now the police is investigating and some of the employees were charged with abuse.

Articles speak of use of violence against the children. One of the claims mention a tooth being knocked out. Accusations supported by texts being sent among the employees.

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

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915. Gravenshoved Kostskole

Gravenshoved Kostskole was a boarding school for children in need. It was located in the South of Jutland. It opened in 1964 and closed in 1992. Despite the stay being paid for and the children referred from various departments of social services in Denmark, the supervision of the facility and welfare of the children during their stay were not monitored by employees of the department who saw to that the children were sent to the school.

As result the children suffered from various forms of abuse subjected on them from the hands of the employees. The department of social services learned about the abuse in 2009 but properly out of concern of the careers of the employees who neglected their duties, the reportings were not handed over to the police before newspapers started to investigate the closed boarding school in 2021.

Only almost two decades after the school closed the police started their investigation which is still ongoing. It could not have been fun to be there as a child.

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894. Presbyterian Children’s Village

Now called “TheVillage” so it does not pop up on Search engines when people look for awful incidents in the past, the facility was involved in placing a child in an abusive foster home, had to fire a teacher for sleeping with one of the children and had to involve the police when a fight took place on campus.

It does not sound like a fun place to be as a teenager. In fact one of the person who were placed there as a child wrote on Reddit.

Hi. I just found this subreddit. As a teenager, I spent a year a Presbyterian Children’s Village (PCV) because I was a sad kid in an abusive home with no where else to go. I have a lot of mixed feelings about my experience there. It has created some trauma of its own that I’ve found hard to process. Here are my experiences.

Sometimes I feel like I’m being petty because my experiences aren’t as bad as they could have been. I had a lot of trauma going into PCV, but I was always treated as if I was crazy and my trauma was not real. This really messed me up. I got singled out a lot in groups by the house Staff as having a good home life, despite the fact that I was there because my parents couldn’t care for me. None of my personal information was ever private. The house staff would share everything with the other kids in the house. Having no privacy had a big impact, because kids will use that against you. I think the house staff knew that too. Theft was also a big issue. And it wasn’t just the other kids. The staff would often steal from me. Everything I owned got stolen at some point. I also had a really hard time at night time. Kids would jump you in the middle of the night and the staff didn’t really care. It’s taken me a long time to process this experience. It was supposed to be therapeutic, but at the end it created more issues for me. It was an environment where nobody believed me and where I was always a liar. I was always presumed to be bad and if something happened, it didn’t matter because I was a throwaway kid.We were all treated as throwaways. I felt like the general feeling was that we weren’t going to be anything. It was like they were preparing us to be criminals and nothing more. That’s always stuck with me and caused me a lot of pain.

Neville1989

Let us hope that they clear their act up.

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889. St Joseph’s Industrial School, Letterfrack

St Joseph’s Industrial School located Letterfrack, Northern Ireland was open between 1887 to 1974. It was run by the Congregation of Christian Brothers.

The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse concluded that residents at the facility suffered both physical and sexual abuse from some of the employees.

One of the boys who were subjected to the abuse later committed suicide by setting fire to himself.

It could not have been a fun place to be as a teenager.

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887. Marieval Indian Residential School

This is the second boarding school campus where unmarked graves have been located. Beside teaching in ordinary school subjects the aim with the school was to eliminate the culture of the students.

The identity of the people who were put into the 751 unmarked graves is not known nor how they ended up there.

The students were kept away from their family and the conditions were not healthy.

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

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885. Chartwell Manor School

Chartwell Manor School located near Mendham in New Jersey closed in 1984. It was a boarding school for special need children.

Before that it was the center of a case involving the head master Sir Terence Michael Lynch who were brought to trial accused for 100 counts of sexual assault and other charges for spanking half-naked male students in class while fondling them and forcing students to perform sexual acts. He served 7 years in prison. Two other employees charged with sexual assault and sexual conduct.

Recently former student sued because they felt that they were failed by the system to become victim of this abuse. Also a book has been released covering the facility.

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

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880. Kamloops Indian Residential School

2021 became the year where 215 graves were discovered at the place which once housed Kamloops Indian Residential School. The school opened in 1890 and operations shut down in 1978. As with many residentials schools in Canada also many of the children attending the school were forced away from their parents. They were punished if they spoke their native language. If some cases students were abused by the employees, even sexual abuse took place.

How the 215 children died is not known. Survivors of the school believed that they had run away.

It is very safe to assume that it could not have been a fun place to be as a child.

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862. Wolston Park Hospital

The Wolston Park Hospital located in Queensland housed mentally ill between the 1950’s and 1980’s. Reports in local media mention the children were exposed to repeated rapes, sexual assaults – by both staff and adult patients – torture, chemical restraints, cigarette burns, fear, isolation and degrading humiliation.

Today it is known as The Park Centre for Mental Health – hopefully it is managed in a different way.

It is safe to state that it could not have been fun to be there as a child.

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857. Carmel College

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.

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