Mar 22 2012

 

 

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While investigating massive sexual abuse of minors by the Catholic clergy in the Netherlands, it has been documented that the forcible and unwilling castration of at least a dozen young teenagers and maybe more had taken place in the 1950's. What is more shocking, if that is possible, is one of the cases clearly was a result of a young man reporting sexual abuse at the hands of a priest.

Henk Heithuis (photograph above) was attending Harreveld (photograph below), a Catholic Boarding School, when in 1956 he reported to the police that he was been abused by a priest. As punishment for reporting this sexual abuse he was forced to undergo a surgical castration. The Daily Mail Online reports:

The newspaper investigation also revealed that government inspectors were aware that young men were being castrated while in Catholic-run psychiatric institutions.

Minutes of meetings held in the 1950's show that inspectors were present when castrations were discussed and that the Catholic staff did not think parents needed to be involved, even if the patients were minors.

There are also allegations that Vic Marijnen, who was a Dutch Prime Minister from 1963-65, had links to the case.

Not only was he a rising star in his political party, he was also vice-chairman of the Dutch Catholic child protection agency,.

Most importantly, in 1956, he was the chairman of the Gelderland children's home where Mr Heithuis and other children were abused.

He intervened to have prison sentences dropped against several priests convicted of abusing children.

The commission said it did not report on the actions of Vic Marijnen because 'the case was unmistakably tied to circumstances which could be traced back to an individual person.'

Speaking of his findings Mr Dohmen said the cases could 'no longer be traced.' '

There will be many more. But the question is whether those boys, now old men, will want to tell their story,' he added.

Today Dutch MPs are going to call for a parliamentary investigation into the allegations.

'I am shocked that boys were being castrated in the 1950s,' said Khadija Arib, a Labour MP.

Over the years, castration was thought of as a viable form of ending homosexuality. In Nazi Germany this was one way of dealing with homosexuals. In the United States, the brutal form of a cure usually was not castration but lobotomies.

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