Children with learning difficulties were subjected to beatings, sexual assaults and periods of isolation, report states

An investigation has detailed “horrific and systemic” historical abuse of people with learning disabilities in state care facilities in New Zealand.

Between 1950 and the 1980s, 100,000 New Zealand children and vulnerable adults were taken into state care, and earlier reports have revealed the abuse of more than 1,000 children in state care homes, and of mental health patients in psychiatric facilities.

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