It’s OK, We Know


The Scouting Ireland homepage, yesterday.


In this morning’s Irish Times, Jack Power reports:

Aisling Kelly, chair of the organisation’s new board, told a private meeting of senior volunteers on Monday night a picture was emerging of “extensive, prolonged, and at times organised child sexual abuse” from the organisation’s past.

“It happened within all levels within the organisation, all strata within the organisation, all counties. It is a situation where people knew of and protected alleged abusers. It’s a situation where people allowed abusers to move from group to group,” Ms Kelly said.

Related: 212 Alleged Abusers And 317 Alleged Victims

(Thanks Pal Joey)

7 thoughts on “It’s OK, We Know

  1. edalicious

    It would be interesting to see if these latest allegations are mostly historical or if there are any more current incidents.

    1. edalicious

      If anyone else was wondering:

      “most of the alleged abuse occurred between the 1960s and 1980s but one case may be from an earlier period.”

  2. phil

    Our scout leader was arrested in the 1980’s , it turned out that someone saw him drilling us , marching , and they called the Gardai , it was all a misunderstanding , he was not IRA and not training us.

    I never understood a few things about that incident, the arrest was quick, and we never found out who complained, or why the Gardai believed the complainant. Contrast that with the story above about alleged organised child sexual abuse cover up and no arrests …

  3. Ben Redmond

    Trust between men and boys and between men and girls – it’s a major concern raised by all the child abuse cases investigated by the Gardai and the parliamentary-instigated tribunals in recent decades. Can we trust anybody? Can we trust human nature?

  4. Catherine costelloe

    I am serious as the delay in cases is a torment and disrespectful to victims. New legislation was introduced last November specifically for victims and could be of great benefit to them. Fight!

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