Nuns did nothing to stop our abuse by older boys in home, victim tells inquiry

Belfast Telegraph


A former resident of a Church-run children’s home has told an inquiry how he was sexually abused by older boys while he slept.

He told the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry that St Joseph’s children’s home in Termonbacca, Co Londonderry, was “run on starvation”.

The man was handed over to a priest at St Joseph’s by his mother when he was a child and lived at the home in the 1950s and 1960s.

He told the inquiry which is investigating abuse claims against children’s residential institutions from 1922 to 1995 that responsibility for the younger boys was given over to the older boys by the nuns. The witness described how the older boys would call out the names of children at night, before having them stripped and sexually abusing them “for their own entertainment”.

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