Brutal: Surviving Westbrook Boys Home

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New Holland Publishers Pty, Limited, 2006 - Adult child abuse victims - 189 pages
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I drew my knees up and huddled in the corner. 'How the hell did I get myself into this mess?' I kept askin' myself. Brutal is every boy's worst nightmare, come true for Al 'Crow' Fletcher. It is the harrowing, true story of life inside one of Queensland's most feared institutions for orphaned, disadvantaged and Aboriginal youth. Thousands of children spent their formative years in fear and misery. All were scarred by the experience. Some perished. Many 'graduated' to adult institutions. Crow Fletcher survived to tell his tale. This is it. Foreword by Senator Andrew Murray, Senator for Western Australia

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I was a surviving, I was at Westbrook in the early 80's. I was there for a total of 4 weeks, where I spent my 16th Birthday. It happen in the first night, I heard the door open and there was an young officer coming in, the next 4 weeks was bloody hell, every night I was raped, and I was so bloody scared I could not tell no one. I had to go down to Brisbane where I stayed at the youth detention where the same thing happen. The officers was so brutal. One day we were travelling in a van, the the van pull over half way down the range, where the two officers open the back door and one at a time they came in and raped me. They told me if I said anything they will kill me. I was free when my 4 weeks were up and I return back to Bundaberg. When I went back to Bundaberg I reported this to Children's Service where they inform me I was safe now and just to put it behind me. Where is the Justice. I still have night mares about my days in West Brook if any one can help me my email address is riverboybob@hotmail.com 

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The same thing happened 2young girls who were placed in wolston park adult menta mental hosp it has been covered up by the qld govt girls were raped over and over bashed by staff and mental patients given shock treatment many times and used to test drugs on peter beattie placed a statute of limitations on it I went on abc radio with steve austin and told h what happened also the present govt refuse 2do anything therr r only 10 men still alive I have contacted 60 mins I also have heaps of paper work the unitimg church and the salvation army r just as guilty barbara phone no 0410447109  

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Andrew Murray is Communications Officer for the train driver's union ASLEF.

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