"My world was the Church," abuse survivor Andrew Madden on his journey to recovery

November 30, 2020

[with video]

Interview of Andrew Madden

Andrew Madden was an altar boy. He had always enjoyed going to the Church and wanted to become a priest. But aged 12, he was abused by Father Ivan Payne. That abuse lasted for several years.

In Ireland, he was the first victim of clerical child sex abuse to go public with his story in 1995.

As part of an Unreported Europe episode focusing on the survivors of Ireland's child sex abuse scandal at the hands of Catholic priests, Euronews spoke to Madden his personal healing journey.


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