In this article in the Washington Post, triggered by the Pope’s recent apology, Sinead O’Connor eloquently writes about her personal experiences relating to child abuse and the Catholic Church, her views on recent events relating to the Catholic Church, as well her belief in God.
I was in the high security portion of Juvenile Hall yesterday working on an inspection. The boys on this unit had all committed crimes leading them to be deemed safety risks. Most of them were charged with murder or attempted murder, and many involved gang affiliation. I spent hours there.
I had the opportunity to talk to a couple of the youth, one of whom was drawing in pencil. His drawing of a baby was incredibly realistic and appeared to be a sign of extraordinary talent.
As a couple of us were talking to this boy about his home and where he was raised, he made it a point to tell us about the “whoopings” he got throughout his childhood. He said that he and other children were beaten at home and at school, including the elementary school, where they were beaten with paddles with holes in the them designed to cause welts, on the bare buttocks. At home, they were beaten with paddles and extension cords.
This is one of those times where my conclusions may be unnecessary for readers, but I might mention that additionally scientists have shown through MRI brain scans that, among many other things, trauma in childhood leads to left and right brain asymmetry, potentially leading the part of the brain responsible for creativity to become “overdeveloped”, while the portion controlling logic becomes underdeveloped.
A number of us have heard recently about the mounting sexual abuse claims against the Catholic Church. Well, children have been used as sexual objects by adults since ancient history.
The latest news: In a trial in Oregon, a former Boy Scout is suing the Boy Scout organization for damages arising out of the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of a Boy Scout leader. The victim in this trial has obtained access to “the perversion files” - files detailing incidents of sexual abuse of boys by Scout leaders within the Boy Scout organization over the years, which the Boy Scouts have deemed private and confidential. Details contained in the files are expected to be released to the public during the trial.
More detail in this article:
51 year-old award winning MTV video director, Aswad Ayinde, has been charged with repeatedly raping and impregnating his daughters over decades and using extreme violence and threats to prevent them from telling the authorities.
Ayinde, who won an MTV award for directing The Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly,” fathered six kids with his daughters from the mid-1980s to 2002 – and delivered the babies himself, according to New Jersey prosecutors. Ayinde also had nine kids with his ex-wife, Beverly, and at least three more with two other women in Brooklyn.
Prosecutors said Ayinde kept the kids from informing the authorities by beating them with wooden boards or kicking them with steel-toed boots.
“I was afraid to ever accuse him of being demented or being a pedophile,” Beverly Ayinde, who married him in 1977, told the court. “I knew the word, but I wouldn’t dare use it because it would result in a beating.”
Ayinde also made a point of moving his family from town to town, even squatting in an abandoned funeral home in New Jersey. Later, he moved to Brooklyn and began passing himself off as an artist, brazenly boasting his now-grown daughters were his wives.
Researchers at the School of Medicine and the Trinity Institute for Neuroscience at the Trinity College Dublin have shown that child abuse leads to negative structural brain changes including an increased susceptibility to depression: