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Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1975

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Tonight's special guest is Robert Sherriff from Adelaide, South Australia, an actor/model/singer, motivational speaker, writer of youth fiction and poetry, and author of the recently published autobiography ‘Nobody's Home.'  Robert's father was a severely violent alcoholic in the RAAF, and his mother was a prostitute often raped and beaten by his father right in front of him. Robert and his twin brother were miracle births each weighing only 2 lbs, but he often thought it may have been better if they were aborted. His life changed course forever the day his father broke his arm and four ribs with a broomstick, resulting in Robert becoming a ward of the Australian government. There began years of systemic and brutal physical and sexual abuse beginning at only 7 years old in multiple boy's homes and hospitals by multiple persons which he says left him feeling shattered, afraid, grieving, and sometimes wishing he would die. He remembers everything in graphic details how he ended up feeling self-hatred leading to self-mutilation and self-punishment. It took until 2008 for him to truly begin healing after finding good medical supports and with his faith in God. Now at 64 years old, his book reveals the horror of children in government care in the 60's and 70's, “one of the darkest periods in Australia's history where children were currency in the hands of evil men who could operate with immunity.” He shares his long journey from victim to survivor, eventually forgiving his father, and wants to give voice to the horrors suffered in secret and see justice for every one of these Wards of State, many of whom committed suicide.

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