Monday, January 11, 2010

Ireland is a haven for child abusers

Cynthia Owen was 11 years old and pregnant. She eventually gave birth in the squalid house in which she lived and then had to watch as her mother stabbed the baby to death. That was in 1973.
Cynthia is a middle aged woman now and has just produced a book called 'Living with Evil.
While being interviewed by Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show she told of being abused by her father when she was about 7 or 8. When she was a couple of years older her mother used to take her, every month, to a certain location where she would be drugged before being abused by a paedophile ring of about 13 individuals who paid for the 'privilege'.
After nearly 40 years, Cynthia says that, of the 13, 8 are still alive.
To give an indication of how serious Irish society takes this brutal crime, NOT ONE of these perverts has ever been brought to trial.
Because we were conditioned by the Catholic Church to deny the existence of anything pertaining to sexuality, it led the victims to believe that only they were unfortunate enough to have been fitted with a set of genitals and were thereby somewhat 'dirty'. The result of this indoctrination was that 'believers' were reluctant to speak out even if they came across something 'suspicious'. I remember a time in Ireland when, if you talked about sex, the people to whom you were speaking would get very uncomfortable.
Is it any wonder that the 'lovely little priests' got away with it for so long?
Links to this story:
Inquest into baby's death
RTE report on the Inquest Verdict
Sister commits suicide
Dalkey house of horrors
Grandfather in Dalkey baby tragedy dies