Senate Inquiry: Child asylum seeker alleges rape in shower and 253 Nauru detainees attempt self-harm

Child asylum seeker alleges rape in shower and 253 Nauru detainees attempt self-harm

SMH – 17 July 2015

A child asylum seeker at Nauru was allegedly raped by another detainee in the shower, a staff member violently dragged a child from a bus and 253 detainees have attempted self-harm, a Senate inquiry has heard, raising serious concerns over Australia’s offshore processing regime.

Transfield Services, which runs the detention centre at Nauru, says there have been 67 child abuse allegations at the facility – 30 against staff and 37 against asylum seekers.

Evidence from Wilson Security, which is contracted to “maintain a safe and secure environment for asylum seekers” in centres on the island, said several child abuse allegations led to staff being terminated over the past two years.

They include an allegation that a security officer used “excessive force” to remove a minor from a bus and separate alleged incidents where officers pushed or threw rocks at child asylum seekers, or touched them inappropriately.

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