A man has come forward to tell how he was raped as a boy and given electric shock treatment to ‘cure’ him of being gay in the 1970s.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is hearing statements from victims who were tortured at Victoria’s Turana youth centre in Australia.
Robert Cummings, who was 16 when he was there in the 1971, had told staff members that he was being attacked by other boys.
In response, a doctor told him: ‘Well, we need to up your dosage of electricity’.
Cummings, now 60, said: ‘I remember at times screaming from the pain of the electric shocks and being thrown from the chair.’I learned from that point on not to say anything about the abuse as I felt I was still being punished and was not being believed about what was happening to me.’
He said he was subjected to 12 electric shock sessions over two months in 1971. Shocks were given when images of naked men appeared on a screen, according to the AAP.
The 60-year-old said he was subjected to 12 electric shock sessions over two months in 1971. Shocks were administered when images of naked men appeared on a screen.
More than 200 victims have come forward, claiming abuse from the 1960s to the 1990s. Boys have said they were raped, regularly strip-searched and had to endure intrusive medical procedures. Girls were given contraceptive injections.
One woman, who was at a Winlaton facility in the 1970s and 1980s, said she had been raped by her father. Ignoring complaints from her, the staff allegedly allowed it to happen for a further 27 years.