OVERSHADOWED CHILD ABUSE INQUIRY IN NORHTERN IRELAND

Pictured above is the now infamous Kincora boys home where three child sex abusers worked. This is one of the twenty-two church, state and charity-run homes that have been accused of historical abuse.

On January the 20th, 2017 a number of stories were clogging up the news cycle. Donald Trump's inauguration, Theresa May's Brexit Speech and the collapse of the Stormont Government. All of this overshadowed the publication of the Report of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (the Hart Report) in Northern Ireland.

(From left to right) Donald Trump speaking at his inauguration, Theresa May delivering her speech on Brexit and Stormont.

Unfortunately the release of the Hart Report coincided with these events. Resulting in the report not getting the attention it deserves. Hopefully this will be addressed with the formation of the new Stormont Government.

Maeve Lewis, Executive Director of One in Four

Executive Director Maeve Lewis says:

“The Hart Report documents the unspeakable cruelty to which the most vulnerable children in Northern Ireland were subjected over decades while in the care of the State. Vicious physical abuse, repeated sexual abuse and neglect were the routine experience of the children. Many of them have endured the impact of this inhumane treatment throughout their lives.”
Judge Sir Anthony Hart of the Hart Inquiriy
Unspeakable, unspeakable-Judge Hart

Judge Hart describes catastrophic failures of the State agencies, religious congregations and the Church authorities to properly monitor the care of the children. The shocking revelations in Northern Ireland mirror those exposed by the Ryan Report (2009) into institutional abuse in the Republic.

Maeve Lewis also commented:

Just as the abuse of children happened in plain sight in the Republic, so too did it happen in Northern Ireland. Through our deference to unworthy authority, we are all shamed by our silence regarding the despicable treatment of the most defenseless members of our society. And while we might treat the events documented in the Hart and Ryan Reports as belonging to the past, we 21st century citizens have no reason to be proud of our underfunded and under-resourced child protection and welfare system. Tonight there will be many children who go to bed cold, hungry, unloved and abused while we turn a blind eye.

The publication of the Hart Report will undoubtedly trigger many painful and distressing memories for survivors from both North and South. One in Four urges anybody who is affected to reach out and ask for support.

Unlike in the Republic, no Redress Scheme was set up to run alongside the Inquiry. It is a matter of great urgency that a compensation scheme be established for the survivors, many of whom are now elderly and living in straitened circumstances. We commend Judge Hart and his team for the tremendous work they have done

One in Four is an organisation that supports men and women who have experienced child sex abuse. Our aim is to reduce the incidence of sexual abuse by intervening in the key areas of abuse. We do this through psychotherapy, advocacy and prevention services.

If you have been affected please get in touch email info@oneinfour.ie or call us at 016624070

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