School slated over handling of sex abuse

Cabin Hill School, the prep school for Campbell College is at the centre of a row over its handling of a sex abuse case: “It was six years later that the horrific level of abuse emerged after the boy who suffered worst underwent psychiatric treatment at a specialist adolescents unit, aged 17″.

It begs the question, how many other individuals have had to endure this kind of situation? Northern Ireland is not good at producing reliable whistleblowers on any topic, never mind one as potentially cross cutting as this one!

For the last couple of months I’ve been aware of some fairly frightening rumours about widescale abuse reaching into the Northern Irish establishment. As far as I’m aware, there is no evidence in the public domain that any of these are true, but wonder if further revelations of this type may be on the way.

At the same time, can I just counsel people to think very carefully about any comments they may make on this story.

  • George

    Once the lid comes off sex abuse cases, it gives many of the victims the courage to come out and speak up themselves so, I agree, this could be just the tip of the iceberg.

    A good example would be the case with Ireland’s former national swimming coach who was
    sentenced to 10 years imprisonment earlier this week after he pleaded guilty to two charges of rape and indecent assault of a schoolgirl he trained.

    The unnamed victim made a statement to the Gardai following media coverage of Derry O’Rourke’s 1998 convictions when he received a 12-year sentence for 29 charges relating to offences involving 11 girls, ranging from unlawful carnal knowledge of girls under the age of 15 to sexual
    assault and indecent assault.

    She said in that court that she had been overwhelmed by a sense of guilt, shame and responsibility for eight years, saying, “not any more, it is all yours”.

    “It has taken all my determination to deal with the hurt, pain, sadness and anger, and turn the tide of destructive forces that have
    arisen from what you did to me.”