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Abuse survivor pleads with public to wake up to child abuse

A man who was in both faith-based and state care wants the public to wake up to historical abuse and be concerned that it could still be happening.

Darryl Smith, 57, first went into care at the age of seven at Marylands School in Christchurch, which was run by the Catholic St John of God order. He later went into state care.

Smith said countries are judged on how well they treat their children and New Zealand fails in this.

I believe it is up to a village to raise a child and if you see something going wrong with a child, you are supposed to go, ‘what is wrong?

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