Gee where have I been for the last wee while, life! So since I last dropped a blog, the UN has told the Police and Government they need to reopen the Historic Abuse case and give us some answers but they ofcourse at this stage have until late last year, so thats some positive progress, so fingers crossed and well done to Victor for all his hard work so far on getting the case to the UN. The Police never did a proper job in the first place at investigating the Lake Alice case and never even spoke to witnesses who supplied complaints, they even went as far to say, one was dead when they where doing just fine.
I've learned alot over the years from becoming involved with this Lake Alice work, sadly I have less faith in the NZ Police system and I'm more aware of what is going on around us for a young person. I probably sound paranoid and crazy, but when you mention Lake Alice to most people they start to think you're a little bizarre, why not drop it? they got there money, but the one thing we can't let go is no one was held responsible, and at the end of the day that just isn't right, fair, law. You can say that's just the way it was back then, besides finding that an excuse, I might say to you, how would you feel if that was your father, daughter or friend. People today are still being convicted of abuse cases from many years ago, how are they different? did these children give consent to be touched, minds torched or put in Lake Alice. Many of the parents where unaware of what went on, even the welfare office was unaware.
Perhaps imagine how being a patient in there felt. If anything you where crazy once you left. What a struggle it becomes coping everyday, recurring nightmares and then receiving that pitiful amount compensation after all that, kick in the guts. Atleast thats what one past patient said to me.
Someone made a comment to me recently on facebook that there was a fire at the hospital and it was burning down, perhaps Old McDonald was having a bonfire and toasting marshmallows, but from what I could see poking my head over the fence ;) the buildings still appear to be coming down slowly, I took pictures but lost them so nothing to share, but there still shells and nothing to thrilling. (not sure I mentioned in other blogs) I also believe hes sold the front property 6 months ago or so, which had been for sale for 2 years which we call the Caretakers cottage, he was asking 200k for it but would have got less.
My intention now for the website in the next 12 months will be to put most of my photos I have of LA online if I can find them as I had my externals stolen when we where burgled recently, but I did make a DVD back up year ago so should be sweet, silly crim's ;)
Always like to hear from anyone else whos got news of any sort or been by the hospital..
All for now, thanks for reading folks
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