February 14, 2006

Cornwall's wounds reopen as abuse inquiry begins

Globe and Mail

Canadian Press

CORNWALL, ONT. -- Wounds nearly half a century old were reopened in this eastern Ontario city yesterday as a public inquiry began probing how authorities investigated allegations of children being sexually abused by prominent community members.

"I hear people say . . . this happens in every community," said Steven Parisien, who says he was abused as a child in the 1960s.

"Sure, it happens in every community, but what makes Cornwall so unique is that this has been going on for decades, and nothing was ever, ever done about it."

The industrial city of about 46,000 has been living in denial for years, said Mr. Parisien, 47, adding that he hopes the independent judicial inquiry will give comfort to both the victims and the alleged perpetrators.

Posted by kshaw at February 14, 2006 06:41 AM