The Abuse in Care Inquiry has today begun publishing messages to Aotearoa from survivors of abuse in care.
Survivors who engage with the Royal Commission are offered the opportunity to send a message to New Zealand on a postcard. They can write about their experience of abuse in State or faith-based care, how they think it can be stopped from happening and their hopes and aspirations for the future and anything they may want to say.
“We need to accept it, we need to change it and become one with it. Don’t be afraid of the dark. There is light,” one survivor wrote.
“There is always hope for change,” another wrote.
The messages are anonymous and will be added to our website here for the remainder of the Inquiry. They may also be used in a commemorative book at the completion of the Inquiry.