Loud Fence Movement
Few people realise that Parramatta was the cradle of our child welfare system in Australia. Few are aware that the first forced removals of children happened here by order of Governor Darling in 1826 where children upon reaching 4 years of age were taken from their mothers in the Female Factory and placed in Orphan Schools.
Parramatta has a dark history. It can continue to stay silent or it can choose as a community, to move forward.
Inspired by the LOUD FENCE movement which started off in Ballarat in 2015 when people from the local community began to tie colourful ribbons to the fence of St Alipius Christian Brothers School to show support for survivors and victims, people are now tying ribbons to the fence of the former Parramatta Girls Home in Fleet Street to show support for children who were abused here.
More and more survivors are re-visiting this place to tie a ribbon as it gives them strength. Ribbons are part of the healing process. There has been too much silence. We need to talk about child sexual assault. We need to talk to children about sexual assault. It has been hidden for decades. The ribbons help open up that conversation. NO MORE SILENCE.