Sunday, 10 March 2013

How the news can trigger

I feel the need to write a post today due to the injustice that continues to happen in the world. The recent UK scandal involving Jimmy Savile is sickening, not only the way he abused his power and took advantage of vulnerable children, but also the fact that many people turned a blind eye. I believe that anyone who knows of abuse taking place but doesn’t intervene, should also be blamed for the wrongdoing; they are accomplices in a crime. My aunt, for example, knew I was abused but let it continue year after year. I blame her for not having the courage to confront her brother or report him.

I really feel for the hundreds of people who were abused by Savile years ago but I admire their strength for coming forward. I only hope that they are compensated with the earnings that the criminal didn’t deserve. I also respect Savile’s family for removing his gravestone. In turn, it has made me angry to think that some of my family paid for a headstone for my abuser. I do not believe he, or any paedophile for that matter, deserves any commemoration for a life of crime and abuse.

The cover-ups within religious establishments are equally disturbing. The Catholic Church seems to think it is acceptable to move a priest, who is an alleged paedophile, to another congregation. These paedophiles will strike again and should be removed completely from the church. The problem is the Vatican’s ignorance and the power that it has over the entire Catholic Church. My police case, for example, was not deemed valid in Italian Law, as I was over the age of 18 when I reported the crime. I believe that the Vatican implemented that law as another way of covering up abuse in Italy. If the crime had taken place in the UK, I probably would have had a valid case.

There have been similar cover-ups in the Jehovah Witness religion. They have a secret paedophile database of over 23,000 files, which identify ordained ministers of JW, currently serving in churches. This religion also believes that sexually abused children should remain silent, and members of the cult who speak out about abuse are shunned.

People are entitled to their own religious views, I have my own, but I will certainly not associate myself with any religion. How could I have anything to do with religions that believe in covering up abuse rather than helping people?

Upon reading various news headlines, I’m often triggered and have new or old memories. I’ve tried to highlight this by including my own experiences in this post. I’m also trying to reach out to survivors and assure them that they are not alone.


  1. Hello Paola,
    I was surfing the web and I got to your blog by accident. But, I'm glad I did because I found your writing interesting. I'm sorry that you had to endure the things you talk about when you were a child, but I'm glad you have persevered and I'm sure you are an inspiration to others who have gone through similar atrocities. I live in Canada and there is a very public story about a former professional hockey player who was abused as a young boy by his coach. I don't know if you have heard of him, Theo Fleury. He has bravely spoken about his ordeal and written a book titled Playing With Fire. He now dedicates his life to helping survivors of sexual abuse. Maybe, you would be interested in looking at his website. He too is a true inspiration for those who have conquered the evil things some people are inclined to do. He rose from the depths of despair to succeed in life and help others.

  2. Hello and thank you for your kind words. I wasn't aware of the story of Theo Fleury but have just looked at his website and it's very interesting and inspiring. Thank you for the link and for your comments. Paola