It’s the same old story… Predators gravitate to government run institutions, systematically abuse boys with impunity and are protected by the said government and society at large. This article makes no attempt to elucidate this sad topic; those books have been written; I’m just frustrated by the pattern of decades overdue investigations and moral outrage of a society which was well aware of the situation and assisted the crime through sin of omission. We simply don’t talk about those things; the victims are expected to swallow their pain and suffer in silence like a man. The Church and government cover up the truth. Let us suppose it were girls abused on such a scale… Would the response have been different? Society simply hates male victims. We act shocked and disgusted when a new scandal erupts but we have always known: jokes about not leaving your son alone with a priest are decades old.
Australia has conducted yet another investigation into passed injustice. And yet, what has changed? Does the passage of time create any real difference in the minds of human beings? Aren’t those involved still the same people? Are we not prone to the same behavior?
The horrifying story of Gordon Myers exemplifies the institutionalized rape of young boys in Australian Juvenile Offender centers. First an excerpt from the article:
WARNING: Disturbing content
A MAN who alleged his penis was cut off by a male staff member at a Sydney boys’ home was one of many children who were mutilated and severely abused at the facility, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.
Daruk Training School in Windsor was home to hundreds of state wards and juvenile offenders from 1960-1991.
Gordon Myers, 50, told news.com.au he was 13 when he was sent to the institution for the first time in 1978.
In his submission to the commission, Mr Myers said he was raped and bashed by various staff at the home on a regular basis over the five years he lived there.
He said a male staff member who “didn’t like little boys with foreskins” used to perform illegal and botched circumcisions on the children at Daruk.
“He cut my penis off,” Mr Myers told news.com.au.
“I had just turned 13. He took me into the clinic and said ‘we have permission to circumcise you’. I said ‘no you don’t’.
“He knocked me out with a needle and I woke up in the middle of it and there was (a second staff member there as well), I screamed in pain.
“Because I was so tiny, he probably thought, stupidly, ‘don’t give him as much anaesthetic to put him under’.”
Mr Myers said there was “blood everywhere” and that he was sent to Windsor Hospital where a surgeon “sewed (his) penis back on”. He claims the hospital “covered up” the incident.
A spokeswoman for Hawkesbury District Health Service — which replaced Windsor Hospital — told news.com.au there were no records of the incident because they had likely been destroyed.
“Having checked with our hospital’s Medical Records Department, the records for the old hospital would have been destroyed if the patient had not presented again within a certain period of time,” the spokeswoman said.
“The Medical Records manager confirmed that she has previously discussed the subject with the patient identified, and advised that unfortunately no records can be located.”
Mr Myers said his penis “never grew” as a result of the trauma. “All the nerve endings aren’t there,” he said. “It was a complete reattachment of the top of it.” He said the deformity had a profound effect on his life.
“I can’t have children and I can’t have sex,” he said. Mr Myers provided news.com.au with copies of medical documents which reveal Dr Philip Sutherland examined him in March this year for his submission to the Royal Commission.
“I can confirm that the size of Gordon’s penis and scrotum are childlike,” the report read. Mr Sutherland referred Mr Myers to urologist Stephen Ruthven for further assessment.
Dr Ruthven concluded in a report sighted by news.com.au that Mr Myers had “testicular microlithiasis”, a condition where small clusters of calcium form in the testicles. Dr Ruthven could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Mr Myers said he was not the only child whose penis was severed by the staff member at Daruk Training School. “Every now and then he’d grab a kid to rape or circumcise and I was one of them,” he said.
Mr Myers said he was returned to the boys’ home following surgery. “(The staff member) wanted to have another go and rape me a second time,” he said. “He raped me heaps of time before that but I wasn’t going to let that happen again.
“I just lost the plot and flogged him. I turned very violent.”
Mr.. Myers claims that boys were circumcised against their will and he himself even had the top of his penis cut off during a botched circumcision. “It makes you cleaner” was the pretext. As much as I want to disbelieve the possibility of such abuse, we are reminded that Male Genital Mutilation to the point of castration occurs routinely e.g. the Ulwako in South Africa (although there are cases of slow progress). It would seem that circumcision is the human version of cattle branding, circumcision is an act of power performed to demonstrate society’s control over male sexuality.
What do you mean “allegedly”? Aren’t we supposed to listen and believe…? Isn’t an accusation good enough or is Rolling Stone not interested? Oh wait… I forgot: we live in patriarchal rape culture where the spirits of school girls are crushed and the voices of women are silenced…