SHOULD THE ABUSERS BE NAMED?

After decades of denying and covering up widespread sexual abuse by its members at College Notre Dame in Montreal, the private school and its religious owners, the Brothers of the Holy Cross, agreed yesterday to pay their victims $18 million – the largest payout ever in Canada by a religious order.

Ironically, the perpetrators who are still alive are not in prison, they reside in the Order’s  luxurious retirement home in Laval.  So far as I know no restrictions on their movements.

Rene Cornellier, the father of one of the victims, thinks the punishment is not severe enough.  His son, Rene Jr., before his death of Aids, tried in vain to convince the school authorities to put an end to the system of abuse. They did not now.  Now  the angry and embittered father is demanding that the names of the abusing brothers be publicly made known.

Should the abusers names be made public?

What do you thin k?

6 Comments »

  1. 1

    Other criminals are named, so why not sexual predators? Yes, name them!

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:

    The problem is that all these are old men now – in their eighties and nineties. What would be the point of naming them publicly?

  3. 3

    And what would be the point of NOT naming them? And since when is age a consideration?

  4. 4
    jim Says:

    Who is going to name them? The only witness to the act is the victim. The victim should hire a “no cure no pay “lawyer. Most of the time, other victims will come forward to support the original victim which makes for a more solid case. If a non-victim names them without corroboration, they will end up the creek not only without a paddle, but with a “defamation of character” lawsuit.

  5. 5
    Barbara Says:

    Their payout probably includes the stipulation not to engage in any further litigation and to keep their mouths shut. That’s par for the course.

    Frankly, for the perpetrator to admit to his transgressions, even at an advanced age, would be an important part in the healing of the victims. No one could ever say they fabricated the incident again. Perhaps these brothers are not able, due to health or mental condition, to accept that their identities should be revealed.

    Disgusting all around.

  6. 6
    Heidi Gulatee Says:

    I agree with all the ones that want their names be public. The victims often have a life time of problems due to the abuse. So the least they can do is to name the criminals and not buy them off with money in order for them to be quiet.


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