From one person last December to half a dozen this morning. The list of people accusing Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch of abuse continues to grow.
An Austin-based non-profit called Child-Friendly Faith Project hosted a press conference allowing the people they’re calling survivors to share the years of negative experience they say they endured while students at Boys Ranch. We first brought you this story in December when we shared Steve Smith’s story but today we share six others.
Tears and tales of the past poured out.
“I’m thankful for the survivors for coming because at least before I die I know what happened to my brother,” said Cecilia Ryan, Brother was at Boys Ranch in 1968.
“It was asbestos, everything out there was asbestos,” said Dominic Schiro, Went to Boys Ranch in the Early 90s.
As five Boys Ranch alumni along with family members of past members detailed years of physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse, they say they went through as children.
The men who spoke were all at Boys Ranch at different stages of the facility’s nearly eight-decade existence.
“Boys Ranch has been around since 39.’ Steve was out there in the 50s and 60s, Mike was out there in the middle 60s, I was there in the 80s and it carried on until the mid-90s,” said one Boys Ranch alumnus.
One of the speakers you may recognize in the clips is Steve Smith. We sat down with him last December after he shared with the Guardian about alleged abuse at the ranch.
“Behind the scenes, some of these guys were raped, beat till they bled, kicked, slapped, slugged, tortured and their pets killed,” said Smith.
“Child Protective Services and the licensing people here in Amarillo, ask them. They’re the ones that monitor and manage us and they’re the ones that we’re accountable to relative to our policies and procedures, not Child-Friendly Faith,” said Dan Adams, Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch President, and CEO.
When it comes to the claims from the Boys Ranch alumni, Adams said he’s going to stand behind what he said back in December. Which is, he’s not going to say they’re wrong or that they didn’t experience the things they mentioned.
He said he took them at their word based on what they told him and he’s sorry about that because that’s never been the intent of boys ranch.
“I know that help is forthcoming,” said Adams.
Heimlich said they have three main goals:
1. For the public to know the truth of the abuse they say spans at least 50 years at Boys Ranch.
2. For Boys Ranch to help survivors, known or unknown get the help they need.
3. To make sure kids there currently are safe.
Adams said he agrees with the three goals the group is wanting to accomplish and said they’re already achieving them.