Salvos Dismissed after Abuse Allegations

By Rebekah Ison
The Australian
December 7, 2016

A senior figure of The Salvation Army has told a royal commission about harsh conditions in the organisation's former children's homes, with residents calling the movement "The Starvation Army".

The frank appraisal came after the commission heard a further eight retired officers had been dismissed following sex abuse hearings and that the organisation had underpaid survivors.

Retired officer of 30 years' service David Eldridge on Wednesday said he would be "hard pressed to say that any of the boys' homes ... were warm and loving environments" and that workers felt they had such power over children that they could commit physical and sexual abuse.

Commissioner Andrew Murray asked Mr Eldridge whether he was aware that some former residents used to call the group "The Starvation Army".

"The food was often bolstered by food that was, in a sense, begged from local grocery stores or fruit shops," Mr Eldridge, who was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his work for youth and homeless people, told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.








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