50 ‘old boys’ speak out in school abuse probe

50 ‘old boys’ speak out in school abuse probe

Police have received a steady stream of former pupils alleging they were sexually abused by teachers from St Ambrose College in Hale Barns between 1962 and the 1990s

From the link: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/50-old-boys-speak-out-1249474

A police sex abuse probe at a top Catholic school has now uncovered more than 50 possible victims and witnesses.

As the sheer scale of the investigation became apparent, the detective leading the enquiry into St Ambrose College in Hale Barns said he was determined to ensure ‘justice is done’.

Police have received a steady stream of former pupils alleging they were sexually abused by teachers from the school since the M.E.N. exclusively revealed the probe last year.

Some ‘old boys’ who have been in touch with officers have alleged they were molested both in the school and at the homes of teachers.

Others have come forward as witnesses to alleged abuse.

The police investigation has uncovered at least five former teachers against whom allegations have been made.

One former teacher has already been arrested and released on bail pending further enquiries.

The police investigation is concentrating on a period between 1962 and to the 1990s.

It is understood some allegations were made by pupils at the time but they had second thoughts about pursuing their grievances.

Former pupils who have now come forward say they were sexually abused while they were being given corporal punishment.

No current teachers have been implicated in any of the allegations being investigated.

One ‘old boy’ told the M.E.N: “All the school friends I have spoken to are expressing a degree of surprise it has taken so long for this to come out.

“There was questionable behaviour going on from members of staff. Most people were aware of it. But, obviously, times have changed since the Jimmy Savile scandal.

“The size of the police investigation just shows how this spans generations. These are not just one-off incidents. There was a culture of violence over several years.”

Det Insp Jed Pidd said: “We have received dozens of calls from former pupils reporting historic sexual abuse. Reporting such matters is clearly a very difficult and distressing thing to do and we are working hard to support them.

“We are determined to identify any offenders and have a dedicated team of officers working towards one primary objective: to ensure justice is done.

“It would not be appropriate to divulge the number of potential victims at this time, but they and the wider public can be reassured that we are working closely with the CPS to ensure this  wide-reaching investigation is dealt with thoroughly and as quickly as possible.

“These are historic allegations with the date of the last alleged incident being in the 1990s, and the school has and continues to provide every support and cooperation with this investigation that it can.”

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

Posted on January 29, 2013, in Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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