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37 Year wait - Historical sexual abuse case - Your help needed!

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cheshirerooms Mon 08-Apr-13 10:21:13

Hi all,

My name is Phil, and my partner's (of 16 years) name is James Moran. He is a 50 year old survivor of clerical sexual abuse and he has waited 37 years for the Irish authorities to bring one of his abusers to court.

We have a blog if you would like to find out more about his story:

We need your help please!

Chapter 20 is the last remaining, censored chapter in Judge Yvonne Murphy's report into the handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations by the Catholic Church and the Irish State.

Chapter 20 has remained censored on foot of a High Court direction that its full publication could damage the trial of a defrocked priest charged with the sexual assault of children in the 1970s and 80s.

Former priest Patrick McCabe was sentenced last month by the Circuit Criminal Court. As a result of his trial, there is now no further need for the blanked-out chapter to remain secret.

We have set up an online petition, and we would be extremely grateful for your support:

The petition only takes a second to sign, but I would be grateful if you could share it with your friends and family too... You can do that with Facebook, Twitter or Email, after you have signed.

The Murphy Report will reveal the truth about why James' statements lay undiscovered for several decades. During these years Patrick McCabe was allowed to travel abroad undetected and unmonitored, and abused again. many times.

James, and the other victims of Patrick McCabe have a right to know what is contained within Chapter 20, in order to put that part of their life?s jigsaw together. The victim?s lives are now in the public domain through the Murphy Report and they have a right, by association, to know the truths contained within.

37 Years is a lifetime of waiting. Enough is enough. Please help us that we can try and get some 'closure', and that authorities see the damage that they have, and can continue, to cause by covering up these things.

Sorry if you feel this is the wrong forum for this kind of thing, but we are new to social media and the like, and I thought as parents, some of the Mumsnet members would like to play their part in highlighting this issue.

Thank you very, very much.

Phil and James

cheshirerooms Mon 08-Apr-13 10:22:49

Oh, meant to say that this 'man' didn't just 'operate' in Ireland, he spent time in the UK (in Stroud and London) and also in the US (where there are many reported cases of him striking again)

MamaBlue4 Mon 08-Apr-13 13:40:00

I'll sign it and pass it a long to friends. Some things can't be ignored and shoved under the carpet hoping it goes away.

Good luck with everything!

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Apr-13 15:12:17

Hi all,

We're going to move this thread to our petitions topic in a moment, as we think it's the best place for it.

cheshirerooms Mon 08-Apr-13 21:56:38

Thanks Mamablue X

KateSMumsnet... That's fine. I really didn't know where to put it!
I found it a bit strange there wasn't a section for 'child protection' - Would it be a good idea?

dothraki Mon 08-Apr-13 22:10:22

This is exactly the right forum for this. My siblings and I went to 4 different catholic schools, 3 of them had abusive priests. We were lucky not to be targets. I hope James can find some peace x

dothraki Mon 08-Apr-13 22:11:56

I can't link to the petition - don't know why as I'm on my laptop.

cheshirerooms Sun 21-Apr-13 01:00:43

Try this link..... Sorry, not sure why the other one didn't work.....

Hope that works. Thanks for all your help. X

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