May 28th, 2009
|07:25 am - The Testimony of the Mayor of Clonmel|
This from nwhyte: the testimony of the mayor of Clonmel.
Without starting to address the desperately harrowing content of the testimony - the man is a genius with language, and a hero. (I want to be clear that when I say harrowing, it is about abuse in children's homes).
"Mr Chairman, I am surprised at the Minister now. First of all Minister you made a bags of it in the beginning by changing the judges. You made a complete bags of it at that time because I went to the Laffoy Commission and ye had seven barristers there questioning me, telling me that I was telling lies when I told them that I got raped of a Saturday, got an merciful beating after it and he then came along the following morning and put Holy Communion in my mouth. You don’t know what happened there . You haven’t the foggiest. You’re talking through your hat there, and you are talking to a Fianna Fáil man, and a former councillor and a former mayor that worked tooth and nail for the party that you are talking about now. You didn’t do it right. You got it wrong. Admit it and apologise for doing that because you don’t know what I feel inside me. You don’t know the hurt I have...
[Turning to his wife]
That woman will tell you how many times I jump out of bed at night with the sweat pumping out of me because I see these fellows at the end of the bed with their fingers pulling me into the room to rape me, to bugger me and to beat the shite out of me."
Worth watching the video testimony, because the powerful voice as well as the powerful language.
I know. A brave, brave man, and a great speaker.
I just can't believe that there aren't the mechanisms to enable people like him to have closure. And I think generationally for him to talk about rape and such must be about a million times harder than it would be for someone my age.
Wow. That was stunning and very moving.
I hope it doesn't upset anyone to read it, but I feel that he gave that testimony wanting to be heard, angry in fact that he had not been heard until then.
I think it /should/ upset us to read it. It would be a Bad Sign if it didn't. But I had a sense of being witness, which I think it quite important.
Yes, that's true. But I've just had a big worry that I've inflicted traumatic content on unwary readers, which I discussed in another context as a Very Bad Thing when someone else did it.