Abuse in Care: Survivor of St John of God Marylands school sexual abuse calls on Government to ‘own up’

New Zealand Herald

September 28, 2020

By Michael Neilson

A man who was sexually abused as a child in faith-based and state care institutions says the Government needs to own up to what happened to him and his peers, some of whom “didn’t make it”.

Kerry Johnson – not his real name – was assessed as having an intellectual disability as a child and, also due to “behavioural problems” at school, was enrolled at Marylands School in Christchurch, run by the Australian Catholic Order of St John of God (SJOG).

He was there from January 1980 to February 1981, during which time he was seriously sexually abused by two of the staff members, and experienced physical and psychological abuse from the staff and other boys.

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