Children abused in adult prison – demand action!
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Right now at least 10 children are held in Victoria’s Barwon adult prison. They're allegedly locked up for 23 hours a day and handcuffed for the hour they're allowed outside their cells. They’ve reportedly been pepper sprayed and abused. We have a responsibility to protect these kids. Demand action.
This is the most [f**ked] place we’ve ever been,”... This is hell on earth.” Right now at least 10 children are being held in Victoria’s Barwon maximum-security adult prison. According to their lawyers, some kids are being locked up for 23 hours a day and handcuffed for the one hour they are allowed outside their cells.
Reports say they’ve been pepper sprayed and beaten by guards using excessive force. The allegations of abuse are as harrowing as those from the Northern Territory’s Don Dale detention centre, which sparked a Royal Commission.
Police are now investigating allegations that corrections staff assaulted nine children. A human rights lawyer representing the boys said last week, “At Barwon, children have been isolated for days and even weeks at a time. They are going mad in their cells.”
We have to make a choice. Do we want to be a society that puts a child’s well-being first – or a society that kicks them when they’re down? Kids are still being sent to Barwon despite a court ruling three months ago that it was unlawful to send them there. We can’t let the government get away with ignoring the courts – we need you to create an outcry that demands swift action.
Tell the Victorian Premier that you won’t stand by as kids are abused under the government’s watch. Here’s why your voice can make a difference: Public outcry is essential to force the Victorian Premier into swift action.
The Human Rights Law Centre are taking the Premier to court and need your backing to help these kids. Together we need to shed light on the extent of abuse and send a clear message to all authorities that we won’t allow the abuse of kids to happen anywhere in Australia.
The Victorian Government prides itself on being a leader in social justice and cares about their public image. We have the power to pressure them to remove kids from the adult prison and into a safe facility. Your voice is powerful. Demand action now. Tell the Victorian Premier that you won’t stand by as kids are abused under the government’s watch.
Tell the Victorian Premier that you won’t stand by as kids are abused under the government’s watch.
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