Abused: Breaking the Silence BBC1 21-June 22:35
Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:15 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0124y7nA middle-aged man sobs as he recounts his sexual abuse by a priest when he was a young boy at a Catholic boarding school. The victim told his mother, but nothing happened. "It made me feel so lonely," he says through his tears. Loneliness and isolation are words that crop up a lot in Olenka Frenkiel's powerful film about a dreadful catalogue of beatings and sexual humiliation at two schools run by the Rosminian Order; the Grace Dieu in Leicestershire and St Michael's, Soni in Tanzania (then Tanganyika) back in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Victims encountered one another by chance during reminiscences about school days on internet chat sites in 2009. Soon they swapped stories of sadistic punishments and sexual humiliation. The order later admitted wrongdoing, and the individual priests involved wrote letters, asking for forgiveness. But as Frenkiel reveals, the men's search for justice did not end there.