Avalon calls for inquiry into abuse at Home for Colored Children

Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children

Photo courtesy of Nova Scotia archives.

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre supports former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children as they share their stories of neglect and abuse.

“We acknowledge the courage it takes for victims and survivors to speak out about systemic racism and abuse,” said Executive Director Irene Smith.

Recent news stories tell of sexual assault, sexual abuse and forced prostitution dating back to the 1920s at the Home for Colored Children.

As an advocate for people who have experienced sexualized violence, Avalon is asking the Nova Scotia government to hold a public inquiry into abuse at the Home. We recognize that sexual assault and abuse is not an isolated incident; it is part of a system of oppression that targets society’s most vulnerable.

“We are shocked and disappointed by the Nova Scotia government’s response to this issue,” said Smith. “Nova Scotia has a long history of abuse in public institutions; a history that needs to be recognized and rectified.”

With 30 years of experience as a sexual assault centre, Avalon has witnessed the life-long impact of childhood abuse.

“As a society, we have the responsibility not to turn our backs on these survivors,” said Smith.

Avalon recognizes the role of the community in supporting former residents of the Home. By writing letters, making phone calls and sending emails to MLAs and the Premier, the community can ask for a public inquiry into claims of abuse. Let’s rally around victims/survivors and help them seek justice.

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