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Friday, 22 May 2009

Abuse in Irish Deaf Schools

Irish deaf schools run by the Catholic church were among those heavily criticised by the commission to inquire into child abuse.

This week the inquiry noted that church leaders knew of 'endemic' abuse within Catholic institutions, as stated in this Guardian report.

The full report can be found here while BBC have produced a brief summary of the main findings.

There's a write up of the full findings at the excellent GrumpyOldDeafies.

In one institution, St Joseph's School for the Deaf, children were let down by authorities and sustained serious sexual abuse, the report states.

In another the issue of oralism arises. St Mary's Girls Deaf school was heavily criticised in the report which found that punishments for the enforcement of oralism were far too severe. It notes that:
"Whilst the wisdom of imposing oralism was a separate matter and one which the Committee could not comment on, the methods of enforcing it were at times too severe."

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