Earlier this year, many Croakey readers will have seen the traumatic footage of children and young people being tortured and abused in Northern Territory youth detention centres on ABC TV’s Four Corners program.
As you’ve no doubt heard in the media, Dylan Voller, who was filmed in a restraint chair wearing a spit hood, as well as being tear-gassed, gave evidence this week to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.
If we do nothing else this week, we have a responsibility to listen to this young man, particularly his urging:
I really want to see these things change so it never happens to anyone else again…
…young people need love and someone to talk to, not to be locked in a cell with nothing for days on end.”
• Read the Commission transcripts here.
• Download your free copy of the #JustJustice book, profiling solutions to the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.