The secret keeper story


Please be aware that the content of  this video illustrates Catherine Daniels experience of sexual abuse through metaphor and visual representation with the help of the sculptures she has created. Viewer discretion is advised.   

This video is not intended as a substitute for direct expert assistance. If therapeutic or emergency assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. A list of agencies and services is available here Viewing this video implies your acceptance of this disclaimer. 

The Royal Commission of enquiry is looking into what happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in State and faith-based care in Aotearoa New Zealand between the years 1950-99. We may also listen to survivor experiences before and after these dates. The following is a TV3 interview with Catherine Daniels. Please scroll down to view the interview.

The Secret Keeper, artwork by Catherine Daniels, Survivor from Abuse in Care Royal Commission on Vimeo

Survivor and artist Catherine Daniels will share her experience of abuse in care through her art at the public hearing.

In the four-minute video, The Secret Keeper, Catherine shows pieces of her art and reads pieces of her writing. She shares the impacts of abuse on her life and calls for change to stop abuse happening to more children.

Catherine experiences debilitating mental distress brought on by abuse she endured, some while in care. She uses art, sculpture and writing to express her feelings and emotions about her childhood trauma, including through a recent exhibition. Catherine never knew how to express the deep trauma she experiences until she began writing and sculpting her art.

Throughout this upcoming hearing, survivors who are disabled, Deaf or living with mental health conditions will share their own experiences.

This inquiry has received evidence through art, poetry, music, New Zealand Sign Language and both augmentative and facilitated communication.