Most people in Ireland know about the "Ryan Report" in depth by now, but for those in other countries who read this blog, I will give a brief summary. The Ryan Report, or "Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse", is a recent government finding which vindicates those who told of the horrific abuses they suffered at the hands (and penises) of Christian clerics while interned in institutional boarding schools. Children were, for the smallest of reasons, taken away from their families and locked up with paedophile priests, Brothers and nuns.
'Those abused were, amongst other things, stripped, beaten and raped by nuns, subjected to naked beatings in public, forced into oral sex and even subjected to beatings after failed rape attempts by brothers. One person described how they attempted to tell nuns they had been molested by an ambulance driver only to be "stripped naked and whipped by four nuns to 'get the devil out of you'". Another described how they were removed from their bed and "made to walk around naked with other boys whilst brothers used their canes and flicked at their penis". Yet another was "tied to a cross and raped whilst others masturbated at the side"'Some have described it as "Ireland's Holocaust" and you know what, I think they're right. What I found most shocking out of the whole story is how the system was set up like a business: there was an active demand for new children to be brought into the system. It wasn't a case of "what shall we do with these unruly chillin's" it was more like "go out there and find moar! Invent crimes if you have to!"
My words can't do this justice, so instead watch a raw and candid account by Michael O'Brien, a man who suffered abuse in one of these institutions as a child, and is pictured in the inspirational poster at the beginning of this post.
Some will naysay and begrudge his motives for coming out but I freely admit to finding the video quite upsetting to watch, no matter how many times I view it.
Use the inspirational poster to spread the word of the Ryan Report, and to pwn any Catholic-Apologists you see back tracking in a forum.
[Video by Daniel Sullivan] [Transcription by Will Knott]