Christy Fleming never told his wife about the sexual abuse he suffered as a young boy in Greenmount Industrial School in Cork. “I just… couldn’t… tell her,” he says.
In 1999, he gave a statement to a panel about the abuse, and “once it started coming out, it got to me. I just got depressed. I went to counselling for four years. The panel paid me compensation. But it was horrible because I felt like I was on trial. My knees were shaking. They were questioning me about stuff.
“And the only reason in the end they believed me was there was a second guy who was with me – there was three of us, in fact… we were taken away in a van to a farm and were given drink. Next thing I know I woke up in a bed totally naked. They must have doped me or something.
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