He was told he would be going on an adventure. Instead, he was subjected to neglect, frequent beatings and violent sexual assaults at St Mary’s Agricultural School in Tardun, Western Australia. The Royal Commission yesterday heard from VG, a Maltese immigrant who, following the death of his father, was sent to the Christian Brothers’ orphanage. At age 16, he was “pimped out” to a local farmer. VG told the Commission that he lost his childhood, his faith and the chance at an education. After a disappointing payout by the state’s redress scheme and multiple attempts to end his life, VG told the Commission that the real issue for him was to punish those who are responsible.
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