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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Sworn to Silence by Brendan Boland

Sworn to SilenceSworn to Silence by Brendan Boland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How can you not give this book anything but 5 stars for a review.

This is an horrendous act on children. I have never had any sympathy with any perpetrator and although there are books out there some making us try to understand or feel sorry for the perpetrator, that will NEVER happen.

There are plenty of religions that "hide" and "cover up" these pedophiles and it makes me livid as this book did.

Here is an 11 year old boy, an altar boy in the Catholic church. Young, innocent lad. Then he gets to meet Father Smyth [I don't even want to type his title!] hidden under his clothe is a wolf in lambs clothing. After suffering at the hands of this man, he gets the chance to tell another priest of what's happening to him. He fears for his sisters too and he is convinced its happening to others.

Did they do anything about this lads revelation? NO! It was many years later when this Father Smyth was brought accountable for his actions, but by then he had abused many more.

There is not any excuse for this religious organization to move this person from parish to parish to 'hush it up'. Its inexcusable.

I had read an account of this happening in a different religious sect not many months ago. Religious organizations are a great way for pedophiles to 'hide' under the radar and even now this is happening.

I applaud Brendan Boland for writing this book. It took some guts, but I would imagine its also a relief to get it 'out there' make people aware.

Things like this is not an isolated case, its going on even now folks.

I feel you should read this book to see just what effect it actually haves on the survivors.

I would like to thank Random House UK, Ebury Publishing for allowing me a copy of this book to read and review.

'After a little while he called the other boy over. Did the same to him. I heard everything. Father Smyth was a priest, a good man . But I knew that some rule had been broken'

Brendan was an eleven-year-old altar boy when he first met Father Smyth. When the abuse began, he didn't know what to do - surely he should trust a priest? But he knew he wasn't the only victim, and his worst nightmare was that his sisters would be next.

It was three years before he plucked up the courage to tell another priest. An inquiry was quickly called, in which Brendan was sworn to secrecy. But the abuse didn't stop. Instead, Father Smyth continued to prey on other children for two more decades until he was finally convicted, in the 1990s, of over 130 counts of child sexual abuse.

This shocking memoir tells how, for years, a priest's abuse was ignored by the Catholic Church - and how one brave small boy stood up for justice.

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