The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has said that the Salvation Army in Queensland, Australia has been found to have fed children in their care food donated for animals, has beaten them severely, locked them in cages and sexually molested them. The Commission examined four homes run by the Salvos in NSW and Queensland from 1966-77 and said that the abuse they found there was among the worst they had ever seen.
Boys were forced to clean the playground with a toothbrush, were beaten severely until they bled and were locked in cages on the veranda for up to two weeks at a time. One boy was reported to have been forced to consume his own vomit. Children were routinely molested and raped by those running the shelters.
Of course, the Salvation Army is sorry for all of this, they always are. The Catholics are always sorry that their priests are screwing kids, they just don’t take any steps to ensure that it never happens again. Salvation Army Australia has paid out about $15 million in claims to abuse victims and says they deeply regret what’s happened. According to an official statement, “The Salvation Army feels deep regret for every instance of child sexual abuse inflicted on children who were in our care. We are grieved that such things happened. We acknowledge that it was a failure of the greatest magnitude. The Salvation Army now has policies and procedures to ensure the protection of children is the most serious of our obligations.”
I hope they’re sincere and I hope that they do have rules in place to stop this kind of thing from ever happening again. I’d love to think that these religious organizations learn their lessons and improve the situation of the innocent in their care. While I am not aware of more recent cases of abuse among the Salvation Army in Australia though, the same can’t be said about the Catholics who consistently say they’re sorry, consistently say they’re changing the rules and still have problems over and over and over again. They’re not serious. They’re just saying what the public wants them to say.
So for the Australian Salvation Army, I hope that you’ve changed your ways and made it impossible for these kinds of things to ever happen again. Otherwise, you can expect to see yourselves right back here in Horror Show Sunday.