So pleased to see this site go up!
The more of us who come forward and highlight the serious crimes that took place at St Joseph’s in the past, the sooner we can all have closure. And then we can celebrate the considerable achievements of the College.
I’m reminded of the famous quote:
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’
And I’m as guilty of this as anyone. Here’s a recent example:
In our gated community there is an oldish exhibitionist who regularly goes out onto his second floor balcony in the nude. He’s been doing this for the last couple of years.
At first I thought he was a nudist or something, but recently he’s been doing rather more than just standing naked in an area where children could clearly see him.
My initial reactions – when he first began his relatively discreet exhibitionism – are interesting and I’m sure mirror what many of us Old Boys think where abuse at St Js is concerned
‘Someone needs to complain about him. But not me. Someone else will do it. It’s not my problem. Because what if he’s connected to the management of the community. He could make trouble for us.’
Now it’s becoming rather more serious and so it can’t be ignored,
My wife filmed him because – as she said – supposing ‘he’s doing worse elsewhere? There needs to be a record. He has to be reported.’
She’s just reported it, with the film evidence, and I wholeheartedly agree with and support her decision.
Not least because I can hardly ask Survivors to write in here about all the truly evil things that went on at St J’s in the 1960s and which seem to have continued through to the 1980s, at least, if I don’t practice what I preach.
So it’s great to see this new blog from another St Joseph’s College survivor. Bravo!
I hope other Old Boys feel the same way and can help with their recollections of the Abuser referred to or the Abusers from my earlier era.
This problem is not going away and St J’s school governors and administration would do well to deal with it now.
By acknowledging the past, what happened, and assisting where they can.
Despite the changes of management, there will be some records and some relevant recollections that some people connected with St Js today will at least be aware of.
Particularly as, in my case at least, there was a Ring which – academic studies show – is transgenerational.
And which testimonies here have proven existed beyond any reasonable doubt.
So we need to know: when did it stop?
And there needs to be a proper explanation about the role of the Knights of St Columba as previously detailed.
The old religious order excuse of ‘All the records are gone or been destroyed. We know nothing. We know nothing,’ won’t stand up today.
As I’ve said before: Please don’t wait to be fetched before you belatedly acknowledge the past. Your pious words and hand wringing will come across as phoney and be condemned as such.
Just like Brother Laurence’s in a similar situation where he had to be fetched. (See an earlier post)
Do the right thing.