Research uncovered “stories of girls as young as eight who were kidnapped and raped and infected with syphilis. Teenage girls were kept for sex and chained up at night to stop them running away.
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders
The idea of “chastity” among Aboriginal women was considered by the European men as “preposterous”.
The lives of Aboriginal people have been the most tightly regulated in Australia. From the time the First Fleet landed on Sydney Cove in 1788, they were subject to rules and regulations aimed at controlling every aspect of their lives.
The prevalent racist ideology was that Aboriginal people were inferior in intelligence and only fit to become the servants of the rest of society.
The Aboriginal flag: Black – represents the Aboriginal people of Australia. Yellow circle – represents the Sun, the giver of life and protector. Red – represents the red earth, the red ochre used in ceremonies and Aboriginal peoples’ spiritual relation to the land.