Helplines in Dublin have been flooded by victims of sexual abuse after the publication of a report showed Catholic Archbishops systematically covered up years of widespread cruelty.
The report, which details hundreds of examples of violence, triggered memories and prompted large numbers to seek help for the first time. The inquiry also revealed that senior police officers colluded in the cover-up. Ellen O’Malley is from Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. She said: “We had young men ringing for the first time, making a first call and they thought they were the only ones in some cases. In other cases they felt so bad that they hadn’t protected other boys that they knew were also victims, but we were able to console them and tell them it was not their fault.” The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland Cardinal Sean Brady voiced his shame and apologised to the victims and their families. Irish Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern has vowed to bring the abusers to justice.