Key points from the Irish abuse report
Sexual abuse of children was "endemic" in institutions in Ireland and church leaders turned a blind eye to it. Here are some key points from the 2,500-page, five-volume report by the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, established in 2000.
• Abuse was reported at more than 200 school and residential settings, including children's homes, hospitals, national and secondary schools, day and residential special needs schools, foster care and a few other residential institutions, including laundries and hostels.
• The investigation looked into incidents "from 1936 to the present."
• The commission heard from 1,090 men and women who reported being abused as children.
• The largest provider of residential care for boys was the Congregation of the Christian Brothers. "More allegations were made against this organization than all of the other male Orders combined," the report says.
• Because of a lawsuit by the Christian Brothers, the commission was not allowed to identify any offenders. Its findings make very clear sexual abusers were allowed to operate with impunity and were often moved to another institution.
• The commission devotes an entire chapter to a serial sexual and physical abuser. "Mr. John Brander" spent 40 years as a teacher before being finally convicted of sexual abuse.
• Brander began as a Christian Brother, but after three incidents of sexually abusing boys was released from his vows. He taught at six schools, physically terrorizing and sexually abusing students in his classroom. When parents attempted to challenge his behaviour he was protected by diocesan and school authorities and moved again. Complaints to the Education Department were ignored.
• The Times of London identifies Brander as Donal Dunne, convicted in 1999 and jailed for two years.
1.090 out of 35.000... that's more than I expected.. and probably not even half of the real number.
On Dutch ceefax I read that the purpetrators will not be named and prosecuted, can anyone confirm this? :shifteyes:
I've heard stories in my environment as well, about teaching nuns who weren't so friendly... but I don't think the abuse was as structured and extreme as it was in Ireland..
Anyone with experiences perhaps? Or stories heard?