There will be the victims of clerical child abuse. There will be nuns sexually assaulted by priests. And there will be children of priests, including Mr. Doyle, who is scheduled to meet privately in Rome with several prominent prelates. For the church, stories like Mr. The children are sometimes the result of affairs involving priests and laywomen or nuns — others of abuse or rape.
There are some, exceedingly rare, high-profile cases , but the overwhelming majority remain out of the public eye. The tradition of celibacy among Roman Catholic clergy was broadly codified in the 12th century, but not necessarily adhered to, even in the highest places. There are no estimates of how many such children exist.
But Mr. Doyle said his support group website, Coping International , has 50, users in countries. Doyle recalled Archbishop Jurkovic having said. The story began with a simple and straightforward claim that he was a paedophile:. The police arrived nine years too late to save Steven from the paedophile who is still wrecking his life. They were also many years too late to help Paul, who now suffers from depression and has attempted suicide. He retired in shortly before the home was closed down.
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Steven and Paul know where he lives, and often think of revenge. To them his assault seems like only yesterday, despite their best efforts to forget. Our investigation has found evidence that Peter Howarth made sexual assaults on young people in his care at Bryn Estyn while he entertained them with beer and games at his flat and house in the grounds.
In the first place Steven and Paul, who were both now grown men with children, each made explicit allegations that Peter Howarth had indecently assaulted them. What was perhaps even more impressive, however, was that their allegations were supported by a former care worker who claimed that she had herself received complaints of sexual abuse during the time she had worked at Bryn Estyn:. Alison Taylor, a former senior residential social worker in Gwynedd, was working on a training placement at Bryn Estyn when she was told of abuse being committed by Howarth.
She said one boy told her Howarth had buggered him and forced him to have oral sex. Taylor said she reported the incident to her supervisor, but was told the boy should not be believed. Two other boys told her they had been molested by Howarth. The article then made a series of general allegations against Bryn Estyn, which was implicitly portrayed as a den of sexual iniquity where staff regularly and openly showed pornographic videos to the boys. Like Howarth, Dodd was an innocent man who had not been charged with any offence.
He too, however, was now portrayed in the article as a child abuser. Although some of the complaints cited in the article had a sexual dimension, implying that Dodd was a voyeur who kept hard-core pornography, most concerned physical abuse. Once again what was impressive about these allegations, and what seemed to place them beyond question, was that they were backed up by the same care worker who said she had received the early allegations against Peter Howarth — Alison Taylor.
The allegations against Dodd were by no means as serious as those against Howarth, but they were clearly sufficient to destroy his entire career. From the evidence which was actually presented in the article, moreover, it appeared that these allegations were well-founded. What troubled Ian Jack as he read through the front-page story was not the treatment of these two principal characters. Ms Humphreys, whose salary is paid by Nottingham County Council, has just one social worker and an assistant.
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