Victims who were abused at St Williams Children’s Home in Market Weighton yesterday held a demonstration at the Roman Catholic Church of St John of Beverley.

Like St Williams, the church is part of the Diocese of Middlesbrough.

Leaflets were distributed which read: “St William’s was opened in about 1960 by the Diocese of Middlesbrough as a community home for young boys aged between 13 to 16 years.

“They were sent there by many local authorities that had trust in them to care for children but that was never the case.

“As this happened: 30 years of physical and sexual abuse on young boys, 19 deaths and suicides, four police investigations, three trials and £20m spent on legal costs so far.

“And still to this day, the trauma is still going on for the survivors, but yet, not one apology. Why?

“Please do not trust this organisation with your children to keep them safe.”

This follows the latest convictions last year for abuse arising out of St Williams, with the former prinicpal of the home, James Carragher, being jailed for a third time for abusing boys in his care at St Williams, together with convictions for the Chaplain of the home, Anthony McCallen

Jordans represent approximately 140 men who were abused at St Williams when they were aged between 13 and 16 and the litigation has been ongoing for over 12 years. Following the guilty verdicts at the Leeds Crown Court, a spokesman for the Diocese said:

“This is the third prosecution relating to St William’s. We hope now that justice has been done that those affected by the abuse can move on with their lives.

“The civil litigation has been ongoing for some time and whilst it is ongoing, we are unable to comment further.

“However, now that the criminal case is concluded, we hope the civil claims will be resolved expeditiously.”

Whether this is the case remains to be seen.


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