From Wendy Patton (formerly Wendy Gray).
Monday 3 August 2009
The day of my Supreme Court hearing approached. I was ready after five years of preparation, being told by my solicitors that “not only did we have a leg to stand on, but that we are up and running. Going swimmingly.” Yes, we were ready.
With all of my files, sworn affidavits, proof of evidence, witness statements, psychologists’ and doctors’ reports collected over 47 years. ‘The girl with the broom’ photographed on the roof of Parramatta Girls Training School back in 1961 was going to be heard. Back then at sixteen, I was sent to Long Bay Jail.
The charge was “gross insubordination!” for daring to yell out to the press “We are being raped and tortured by the Superintendents in here!” Finally I had human rights. But just before I am due to leave for Sydney from Queensland, the attached documents arrived from my solicitors.
I had to sign them. I could not afford the $120.000 to pay the people I was suing. Yes, the NSW Government “held me to ransom“. Human rights are not for Australian wards of state. So once again I am offered counselling paid for by the government, for my trauma and suffering at their hands.
This is insanity! I have never committed a crime. There are no Police records on me. I am told by all of the psychologists that I am suffering from Chronic Traumatic Stress Disorder and am being classified “like a returned Vietnam vet soldier.” Great!. No one ever trained me to fight against these men. No gun was handed to me to protect my child’s body, just me.
A little girl called Wendy.
No one cared.
Fodder for those animals running Parramatta GTS.
The greatest indignity was that the NSW Government knew this was going on. They did nothing to protect me. In their words, as stated by Mr Peter Quinn to the Senate Enquiry, they did not want the bad publicity. Once again, at the age of sixty-four, I am willing to get up and scream from the rooftops if necessary - “When will the NSW Government stop abusing the victims.” For all NSW Wards of State, “I demand retribution NOW!”