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Access: Defective, deficient, deviant and delinquent

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  • Joe Wylie,

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Thanks Joe - finalising this project will be significant for a lot of people

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3229 posts Report

  • Hilary Stace,

    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.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3229 posts Report

  • Hilary Stace,

    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.

    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.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3229 posts Report

  • Sacha,

    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.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report

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