News

Neerkol victim’s harrowing account of sexual abuse

SHE was bound up in a large, rusty chain of corruption, deception and sexual abuse.

And the only way she could find solace was by singing to herself the lyrics "please release me, let me go".

Witness AYB, a pseudonym for a 67-year-old woman who was a former Neerkol Orphanage resident, was sexually abused by pedophile priest Father Reginald Durham during her time at the facility.

In her testimony, AYB was a little over 21 years old when she married her husband.

AYB was married at Neerkol by Fr Durham because he was considered family.

"When we got married, Fr Durham would not let my husband look at me walking down the aisle... he told him to face the altar," AYB stated.

"Only Fr Durham had that joy. This still makes me sad when I think about it."

RELATED STORIES:

Damning report on conduct of the Neerkol authorities

Commission to review information after Neerkol inquiry

Neerkol orphanage victim continues her fight for justice

569 Royal Commission referrals made so far

Former Sisters of Mercy boss says victims 'changed my life'

Church leaders renew apology as child abuse hearing winds up

 

On Christmas Eve, when AYB was 11 years old, Fr Durham dropped off presents he had been minding for her. She was under her family's house with Fr Durham when he said to her, "Father deserves a kiss for looking after your presents".

She said Fr Durham then kissed her using his tongue and fondled her breasts.

When she was about 12 years old, AYB on several occasions was sexually abused by Fr Durham.

She stated after Fr Durham had sexually abused her, he would take a thin purple stole with gold crosses out of his pocket, kiss it and put it around her neck.

He would then hear her confession.

She estimates he abused her more than 100 times.

 

Topics:  neerkol inquiry, neerkol orphanage, rockhampton, sexual abuse




Jupiter and Venus in closest encounter for 50 years

Even with a small telescope the heaven will reveal plenty of their mysteries.

most people will be able to see with the naked eye

Going, going, gone. But to who? It is a feeding frenzy

UP FOR GRABS: The Rugby Park clubhouse and facilities in The Range.

ONE thing is clear, the offers have come in for Rugby Park.

What's going on in and around Rocky this weekend?

Challenge the Mountain 2015.
Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

Check out what's on in the region today and tomorrow

Latest deals and offers

What's on the small screen this week

Bella Frizza in a scene from the TV series Married At First Sight.

THE Block's $65,000 bathroom is revealed and strangers marry.

MOVIE REVIEW: Life on the Road

Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey Smith and Foregone Conclusion (Steve Clarke, Andy Burrows, Stuart Baxter Wilkinson, Michael Clarke) in a scene from David Brent: Life on the Road.

Ricky Gervais has brought David Brent back to life on the big screen

Jessica Alba wants tequila shots served at her funeral

Businesswoman and actor Jessica Alba

There won't be mourning at this funeral

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa