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Thread #162491 Message #3876786
Posted By: Joe Offer
13-Sep-17 - 12:27 AM
Thread Name: BS: Clerical Abuse of Children
Subject: RE: BS: Catholic Abuse of Children
Jim Carroll wanted a response from "believers." My response: there's not enough information to make a comment.
I didn't see enough information in the Lanarkshire article to know it it was indeed another "horror story." Over the 120 years the institution was in operation, 400 children died and were buried in what was called a "mass grave." I don't know that burial in a mass grave is necessarily an abuse, and I don't know that a death rate of 3 or 4 a year is unusual. Yes, there were incidents of child abuse, but I suppose that a few such incidents might be expected in an institution that housed over 11,000 children over 120 years.
I was hit on the head with a golf club when I was 10 years old. I suffered a fairly serious injury, but I'm convinced the kid who hit me did it by accident.
Was it a "horror story"? I don't know. But I do feel sadness for those who died and those who suffered abuse, whether they were many or few. It's bad that any child has to grow up in an institution.