I remember, a number of years ago, when an aeroplane was hijacked that those who were victims of the hijackers became sympathetic to them and started to help and advise them.
It seems that this is not unusual.
A new syndrome was founded called the Stockholm Syndrome called, presumably after the place where the plane was hijacked from, or taken to.
I’ve noticed two curious syndromes at work as regards the sexual abuse of children as young as 11 by the Comboni Missionaries and those who have covered it up.
I don’t know if these syndromes have names.
Needing an Apology
Firstly, there is the syndrome where the victims need to meet those who abused them and to receive an apology from them for their abuse – and, indeed, to be able to forgive their abuser.
Not all of those who were abused want this. Some of them would like to hang them from the nearest lamp post. However, a significant number of abuse victims do feel this need.
Indeed, they are massively frustrated when they find out that their abuser is dead and that they will never have the opportunity to be apologised too and to forgive the abuser.
If it doesn’t have a name, let’s call it Mirfield Syndrome.
Need to Collaborate
The second syndrome I have noted is the desire of some of the St. Peter Claver Seminary Old Boys to collaborate with the Comboni Missionaries to hush up, or suppress, the accusations of child sexual abuse.
When an abuser in a family is first found out the immediate instinct of family members is often to protect the abuser rather than the abused.
This syndrome that we have is probably similar to this. It’s probably close to the Stockholm Syndrome as well. They bond with their ‘captors’.
Refuse to Testify
There are boys, even those who were abused, who refuse to testify against their abuser and those who help to cover up the abuse of others whom they know to have been abused.
I’m not talking, here, about those who were absued but just want to leave it in the past and don’t want to take any action. They want to leave it in the past.
I’m talking here of those who can talk about their abuse but who take an active part in helping to cover up the abuse pepretrated on others.
Swimming Without Trunks
There are others, still, who weren’t abused, but who knew of the abuse, who are prepared to say that they didn’t – to help out those accused of the cover-up.
There does seem a need to ‘protect’ the abusers and those who covered it up at the time and new.
I suppose that this would be the equivalent of kids in a family siding with their father who abused their sister and who were prepared to tell the authorities that nothing happened or they knew nothing of it, when they did.
If it doesn’t have a name let’s call this one Vichy Syndrome.
Of course, it will all come out ‘in the wash’ when the Home Office Panel sits and when the high court cases come up.
As Warren Buffet once said, “It’s only when the tide goes out that you see who was bathing without trunks”.
The tide is going out for the Comboni Missionaries and their collaborators.
They have no trunks!