Child sexual abuse victim John Hennessey relives horrors…

Daily Telegraph

Child sexual abuse victim John Hennessey relives horrors, giving evidence at Royal Commission


INGLEBURN resident John Hennessey is looking forward to coming home after reliving the horror stories of the abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of the Christian Brothers.

Mr Hennessey gave evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Perth on Monday.

For the years between 1947-1953 he was raped, beaten and emotionally abused by the brothers at the Bindoon boys home in Western Australia.

As Mr Hennessey took to the stand to dredge up horror memories he has never spoken of before, the silence was fittingly poignant.

“The thing that amazed me was that you could hear a pin drop in the commission,” Mr Hennessey, a former Campbelltown deputy mayor, told the Macarthur Chronicle.

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