Martin’s Story

As a child, Martin was arrested for shoplifting and sent to a Brisbane boys’ home, where he was sexually abused by people who were supposed to protect him. In 2019, Martin began his healing journey by applying to the National Redress Scheme to achieve recognition and justice for the crimes that were done to him. Prior to this, he had never discussed his experiences with anyone, remaining silent for more than 50 years.

In 2020, Martin’s case concluded and he received two payments from the scheme. Martin agreed to talk to us because he wanted to help other survivors start on their own journey of healing. As a proud Aboriginal man, Martin’s story delivers a powerful message that engaging with the National Redress Scheme can be an important step on the path to overcoming feelings of shame and guilt.

Contact us

Click here to find out how Everywhen can help you deliver sustained outcomes that make a difference.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website makes every effort to respect cultural traditions and protocols. First Nations readers are advised content may contain images, voices, videos and names of people who have passed away.

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and First Nations, Traditional Custodians of Australia’s lands and waterways. We also acknowledge the dispossession of First Nations people from their lands, the dispersal and relocation of communities, the erosion of traditional customs and languages, and the removal of children from their families, have resulted in the disconnection of generations of families from their traditional homelands, languages and culture.

We pay our respect to Elders of the past, those of the present and those of the future for they hold the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people