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Survivor of abuse in Christian Brothers institution tells what happened there

Post by Guest on Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:55 pm


'I was exploited and abused by criminals' in a place 'devoid of love'

Survivor of abuse in Christian Brothers institution tells royal commission how he was stripped, flogged and passed between brothers at home for sexual gratification



A survivor of severe sexual and physical abuse at a Christian Brothers boys institution in Western Australia says the orphanage was "devoid of love" and run by men who believed the children were born of the devil.

John Hennessey has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse that when he was 12 he was publicly stripped and nearly flogged to death by a Christian Brother while at St Joseph's Farm and Trade School, Bindoon.

"No one came to my aid," said a visibly upset Mr Hennessey, the first witness at the 11th case study examined by the commission.

"I am now left with a stutter."

The man who beat him, Brother Paul Keaney, also repeatedly sexually abused Mr Hennessey.

When Mr Hennessey – who later became deputy mayor of Campbelltown, NSW – was first brought to Australia at age 11 he was told he would be able to ride kangaroos to school and there would be lots of fruit.

"From the time I arrived at Bindoon, there was no love," he said.

"I realised there was no kangaroos, there was no fruit."

The Christian Brothers said they wanted to make a man out of him.

"'We don't want you to grow up as Satan's children,'" Mr Hennessey said he was told.

Instead boys were passed around between brothers at the home for sexual gratification.

Boys were forced to sleep on an outdoor concrete veranda. The brothers would also eat lavish food, while the boys were forced to eat porridge and bread dipped in dripping.

"I would do anything and let anyone do anything to me, just for a feed," Mr Hennessey said, becoming visibly upset.

"It made me steal, it made me feel ashamed and angry.

"I was exploited and abused by criminals safe in knowing that the state government and church were my legal guardians and would never bother to meet their responsibilities."

Mr Hennessey repeatedly broke down during his evidence, at one point declining to read out a paragraph detailing one aspect of his abuse.

As he spoke, sobs could be heard from the rear of the room.

Mr Hennessey did not see his mother for 57 years after he was forcibly removed from Bristol, England, for Australia.

The order changed his name and reduced his age by three years, making it extremely difficult to locate his mother. He eventually met her six years before she died.

He said for years he thought of Brother Keaney as a father but he lived in constant fear of the beatings - usually meted out with specially made leather straps with bits of metal sewn in.

Boys at the school were also forced into hard labour and a complex network of gangs sprang up, created by religious brothers picking favourite boys "as pets".

"Every day was a fight for survival," Mr Hennessey said.

Boys at the school would also sexually abuse each other, he said.


The hearings continue.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/28/i-was-exploited-and-abused-by-criminals-in-a-place-devoid-of-love


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Post by veya_victaous on Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:21 pm

@sassy
yeah we all know the Christian schools and homes were just flimsy charades for sexual predators  to abuse children Evil or Very Mad  Evil or Very Mad  Evil or Very Mad  Evil or Very Mad  Evil or Very Mad 

but I am more surprised by the Pollies and Entertainers in the UK, we don't really see people like that involved in child abuse.... Although there has been the one TV Star from the 80's recently convicted. I'm sure there would be a couple but there seems to be a lot being exposed in the UK. I guess it is better they are exposed than not, I hope it is a case of them not being here as opposed to being here and not exposed for their crimes  pale pale pale 

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Post by Guest on Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:27 pm

When I was a kid nothing was ever in the papers, but we knew it went on. When I was about 13 one of the Air Force officers who was a friend of my Dad's started 'touching me up' whenever there wasn't another adult around. Luckily I had the sense to tell my Dad, but looking back, they just kept him away from me, nothing ever actually happened to him.

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Post by Guest on Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:44 pm



V. sorry Sass; sounds like this "friend" should have gone to prison (needless to say).

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