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Tead Father Smyth continued to prey on other children for two decades until he was finally convicted in the 1990s of over 130 counts of child sexual abuseThis shocking memoir tells how for years a priest’s abuse was ignored by the Catholic Church – and how one brave small boy stood up for justic. Sworn to SilenceBrenden Boland29th July 2014This memoir is incredibly sad It is told in his voice and describes the sexual abuse he suffered as a little boy and the giant cover up by the Catholic Church Father Brendan Smyth groomed hundreds of children and continued his abuse as he was moved from parish to parish Brenden was a victim who had the honesty to talk to someone about his ordeal He was terrified that his sisters would be next He wanted the abuse to stop This is not an easy book to read It will shock and yet we need to know about such things to protect future generations of childrenI award this book 4 stars

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‘After a little while he called the other boy over Did the same to him I heard everything Father Smyth was a priest a good man But I knew that some rule had been broken’Brendan was an eleven year old altar boy when he first met Father Smyth When the abuse began he didn’t know what to do – su. This is a harrowing story of a betrayal of trust by so many people whom the author could have expected to rely upon First there was the priest who inveigled his way into the author s family and used the trust he gained to abuse the author When the author plucked up his courage and told another priest about the abuse the resulting investigation swore the author to secrecy and assured all concerned that it would not happen again and that steps would be taken to stop the abuse of other children continuingBut the actions taken were not effective and the priest continued to abuse children for than twenty years So many people knew of the abuse and turned a blind eye to it Children apart from the author who reported the abuse were not believed or the whole thing was swept under the carpet because no lasting harm had been done to the children It is clear from this book that the harm done is hugely damaging and long lasting colouring the rest of people s livesHow does a child deal with such abuse They are brought up to trust a priest implicitly and it follows from that that anything the priest does or says must be acceptable whatever instinct tells you about it Then if you say anything to another adult about what is going on the chances are you probably won t be believed All these thoughts and feelings come over so well from this book and I found myself empathising with the author and becoming angry over the betrayal and the way it coloured his life To add insult to injury he had to fight for years to obtain compensation from the church the organisation which should have protected him in the first placeThis is an uncomfortable and disturbing read but a necessary one I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes

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Rely he should trust a priest But he knew he wasn’t the only victim and his worst nightmare was that his sisters would be nextIt was three years before he plucked up the courage to tell another priest An inuiry was uickly called in which Brendan was sworn to secrecy But the abuse didn’t stop Ins. How can you not give this book anything but 5 stars for a reviewThis is an horrendous act on children I have never had any sympathy with any perpetrator and although there are books out there some making us try to understand or feel sorry for the perpetrator that will NEVER happen There are plenty of religions that hide and cover up these pedophiles and it makes me livid as this book did Here is an 11 year old boy an altar boy in the Catholic church Young innocent lad Then he gets to meet Father Smyth I don t even want to type his title hidden under his clothe is a wolf in lambs clothing After suffering at the hands of this man he gets the chance to tell another priest of what s happening to him He fears for his sisters too and he is convinced its happening to others Did they do anything about this lads revelation NO It was many years later when this Father Smyth was brought accountable for his actions but by then he had abused many There is not any excuse for this religious organization to move this person from parish to parish to hush it up Its inexcusableI had read an account of this happening in a different religious sect not many months ago Religious organizations are a great way for pedophiles to hide under the radar and even now this is happeningI applaud Brendan Boland for writing this book It took some guts but I would imagine its also a relief to get it out there make people awareThings like this is not an isolated case its going on even now folks I feel you should read this book to see just what effect it actually haves on the survivors I would like to thank Random House UK Ebury Publishing for allowing me a copy of this book to read and review


7 thoughts on “Sworn to Silence

  1. says:

    This is a harrowing story of a betrayal of trust by so many people whom the author could have expected to rely upon First there was the priest

  2. says:

    Disclaimer I received this book through NetGalley as a free ARC in exchange for an honest review This is that review 810 Sta

  3. says:

    How can you not give this book anything but 5 stars for a reviewThis is an horrendous act on children I have never had any sympathy with any pe

  4. says:

    I personally think that this book needs to go on everyone's must read list it's a true story of a child who had to undergo such a horrendous childhood because he was sexually abused by the most trusted person by this boy's family and apparently by the neighbors because he is a pastorfather essentially the pastor didnt only groom Brendan the boy but also his family and the entire neighborhood by gaining their trust espe

  5. says:

    Sworn to SilenceBrenden Boland29th July 2014This memoir is incredibly sad It is told in his voice and describes the sexual abuse he suffered as a little boy and the giant cover up by the Catholic Church Father Bren

  6. says:

    This is a very personal biography by Brendan Boland about his experiences growing up and the effects of the abuse he suffere

  7. says:

    Sworn to Silence is a disturbing story but it is a must read book An extremely well written heartbreaking story

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