By Adrian Miller
Ray Ide, who spent two years in the notorious Westbrook Reformatory for Boys, west of Toowoomba, has spent the past three days reliving those horrific experiences to promote a book which tells of the atrocities that went on inside the detention centre.
'The 'brook' is a harrowing account of what inmates faced while in the reformatory, as told to author Cheryl Jorgensen by Ide's close friend and fellow inmate, Alfred Fletcher.
Ide has spent the week talking to community groups and organisations about juvenile crime, and exactly what he had to deal with inside the centre.
He spoke of how he was 'welcomed' to the reformatory on his first night by having his nose broken, and of how constant beatings and sexual abuse of inmates was the norm. Ide survived, and went on to become the first player to win premierships with all three Clarence Val- ley rugby league clubs.