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Martin’s Story

As a child, Martin was arrested for stealing an $8 pair of jeans and sent to a boys’ home. While there, he was sexually abused by people who were responsible for his protection. It was a painful time for Martin and he did not talk about it for more than 50 years.

After applying through the National Redress Scheme, Martin received an apology and a payment. He could not change what happened, but he did find a way to move forward that was right for him.

In the video below, Martin shares his story and experience of the National Redress Scheme. This video is two and a half minutes long. 

Martin’s Story transcript

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