State ward regularly beaten by nuns, inquiry told

State ward regularly beaten by nuns, inquiry told

Posted Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:12pm AEDT

From the link:

A former ward of the state say she and other young girls were regularly beaten by nuns at a convent in Ballarat in the 1950s and 60s.

Gabrielle Short told the Victorian child abuse inquiry she thought she was going to die from the abuse at Nazareth House.

She says many girls who spent time there have significant health and psychological issues as a result of their treatment.

“Many times a nun would come out of nowhere and just start belting into us with her stick, across the head and kicking us at the same time,” she said.

“I remember many times being beaten so bad I could not get back up off the floor.

“My head head would be spinning and my legs would feel so weak I felt like I had no blood in my head.”

The inquiry also heard from Gordon Hill, who spent 15 years in the St Joseph’s boys home in Ballarat from the age of two.

He told the inquiry he was also sexually abused and beaten by nuns and priests.

Mr Hill says the abuse started when he was five.

“It went on until I was about 11. Then I went on to the next section and thank god it stopped,” he said.

“But a couple of priests who were there used to love certain kids.”

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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 April 29, 2013, in Ballarat Convent, Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Magdalene Laundries, Nun 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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