Wim Deetman who led an inquiry into abuse at Catholic homes for boys is starting a second inquiry, reports Trouw. “This investigation will focus on the suffering of women who were abused as girls. The inquiry will not only cover sexual abuse, like the first inquiry, but also physical and psychological cruelty.”
“Especially women who were forced to enter institutions after the war because they had a child out of wedlock, sometimes following a rape, got a special kind of ‘re-education’. These girls were discarded as whores.”
De Telegraaf did its investigative homework and found some of the victims. One of them is a 65-year-old woman who was in an orphanage between 1950 and 1957.
“If you told a fib or misbehaved, you were grabbed by your feet, held upside down and then your head was pushed into a bucket of cold water – five buckets in a row. If you knocked over one bucket, then you went on to the next one until you stopped putting up a fight. I often went through the five.”
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