Access: Defective, deficient, deviant and delinquent
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Hilary Stace, in reply to
Thanks Joe - finalising this project will be significant for a lot of people
This was one of the first posts I ever wrote for Access – 3 years ago. I am pleased to see the call for a full inquiry and apology is gaining traction again – most recently by a commitment by Jacinda Ardern for an inquiry when the Government changes.
Since I wrote this post more and more people have come forward to tell their stories. Robert Martin’s story of growing up as an abused state ward, Becoming a Person, was published and he now sits on a UN Committee overseeing implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Elizabeth Stanley’s The Road to Hell, telling the harrowing stories of dozens of children in state care, was published last year.
Yesterday, TV3’s The Hui featured powerful testimonies of four men. Mihi Forbes just let them talk. But the Government does not seem to get it. A letter from Anne Tolley and maybe a few thousand dollars is not the answer. We as NZers were all complicit in this, we all allowed it to happen, and we were all harmed by it. We need a full inquiry and then a full apology on behalf of the state (all NZers) to those who the state did not protect when they were at their most vulnerable. This is how we can really understand how to stop such ongoing abuse and not to let it happen again.
The link to the 60 minutes documentary of the drug experimentation on institutionalised girls no longer works, and I cannot locate it. But here is a newspaper account of the documentary. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/2819957/State-drug-test-victim-claim
This aspect alone requires an inquiry and some accountability. There are also allegations of drug testing and experimentation in other psychopaedic institutions including dosing of disabled people with LSD.
Boy with Down Syndrome and violent behaviour kept in Chch mental health unit due to lack of appropriate lower-restriction facilities. Children's Commissioner is unamused and seeing similar cases.
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