Written by Brandon Rolph
Friday, 05 August 2011
Little investigation is going into the suicides of 26 young men who were believed to have been sexual abused by the same priests at Ballarat Peter Connors, a school in Australia. Details after the jump.
The Herald Sun reports that “police investigating the case of convicted pedophile Brother Robert Best believe at least 26 victims of sexual abuse at schools in which he taught have committed suicide.”
“I don’t think they’ll learn very much more … I’m convinced we’ve done the best we can in more recent years,” in regards to investigating the lost lives. How about peace of mind for the victims families that the right person was convicted?!
“Best, who taught at schools throughout Victoria, including Ballarat, will be sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty to 27 charges of abusing 11 boys between 1969 and 1988,” the report says, but it gets creepier:
“Best was principal at St Alipius primary school in Ballarat at the same time convicted serial pedophile and priest Gerald Ridsdale was the school chaplain.”
Bishop Connors, while conceding the abuse of children was wrong, said “that in the past it had not always been clear to everyone what was appropriate and inappropriate behavior.” Really? No, really? How about common sense? Pedophiles are premeditative, meaning, the abuse didn’t just happen on accident. They knew in their heads that what they were doing was wrong. Or, so we’d like to believe.
Furthermore, among the charges laid against Best in Victoria’s County Court last month were details of him raping a nine-year-old boy in his office. Yea, we’d say rape classifies as inappropriate. “The court heard that after Best raped him, the boy thought he was going to die and blacked out.”