Victim became Christian Brother only to be ‘treated like outsider’

WA Today

April 29, 2014

Aleisha Orr
Reporter, WA Today

Brother Albert McGregor had not spoken a word about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child as a resident at Castledare Junior Orphanage and later at St Vincent’s Orphanage in Clontarf.

He figured his experience had not been a common one for children in the care of Christian Brothers in Western Australia.

It was not until he was an adult and three other men who had also grown up in WA Christian Brother-run institutions confided in him about sexual abuse, did he realise that it may have been a “widespread problem”.

Mr McGregor told his story to the first Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse public hearings being conducted in Perth.

On Monday the hearing heard the story of the man who was born in England and taken to a place called Nazareth House in Aberdeen in 1941 as a two month old.

His maternal grandmother ordered he be taken there as he had been born out of wedlock and was therefore “an embarrassment”.

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