The net is closing on those who were told about the sexual abuse of young boys as young as 11 at Comboni Missionaries Seminaries and didn’t report it to the authorities. Indeed, it will apply, also, to those who just suspected abuse but didn’t report it.
Indeed, it has become an election issue.
David Cameron, the Prime Minister of Great Britain, said that there would be “Jail for those who turn a blind eye to child abuse”.
He announced that professionals who fail to act upon suspcions of child abuse could be facing up to five years in jail.
How things have changed.
First the Home Secretary, and now the Prime Minister, have come down heavily on the side of those who suffered sexual abuse as a child and heavily against not only the abusers but those who covered it up.
It is becoming more and more obvious who is on the right side of history and who is on the wrong side of history – those who were abused or those who covered it up and their apologists.
Front Page News
The story appeared in both the Telegraph and Guardian. Indeed, it is front page on both with the Guardian headline saying “PM: jail those who ignore child abuse”.
It’s just a shame that it could not be retrospective.
However, that doesn’t mean that existing laws could not be used to pursue those who covered up sexual child abuse at Comboni Missionary Seminaries and those who continue to do so at the very highest level of the Order.
Home Office Panel on Institutional Sexual Abuse
All will be exposed when the Home Office Panel sits. Comboni Missionaries who took part in the cover up will be legally obligated to attend and be questioned in front of the Parliamentary Committee and the nation. It will be televised.
Indeed, they could also make requests, backed up by EU Law, for those residing outside of the UK, to attend too.
End Game for Comboni Missionaries
It has taken a long time but justice is close at hand.
In chess terms, this is the end game now for the Comboni Missionary abusers, those who covered it up and their apologists amongs the Boys.
In poker terms, we’ll soon see what hands both sides have.
In David Cameron and Theresa May, those abused have two powerful cards in their hands – perhaps the King and Queen.
The Comboni Missionaries will soon find out that, no matter how many Jokers they have available, none of them will count in this game.
I spoke to a Mirfield Old Boy and he was informed by a priest, one who is still alive today, that if the abuse of children at Mirfield is ever made public it would destroy the Comboni Missionaries in the UK.
The abuse seems to have been reported in the 1960’s. Justice has taken a long time. Over 50 years. For the sake of those blighted by the abuse may it be resolved soon so that they can move on. Most people that are abused just want the truth to come out. In the case of priests and people in authority that abuse, the victims need a public apology. Surely that must happen soon.