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Sworn to Silence Sworn to SilenceBrenden Boland29th July 2014This memoir is incredibly sad It is told in his voice and describes the sexual abuse he suffered as a little boy and the giant cover up by the Catholic Church Father Brendan Smyth groomed hundreds of children and continued his abuse as he was moved from parish to parish Brenden was a victim who had the honesty to talk to someone about his ordeal He was terrified that his sisters would be next He wanted the abuse to stop This is not an easy book t Sworn to SilenceBrenden Boland29th July 2014This memoir is incredibly sad It is told in his voice and describes the sexual abuse he suffered as a little boy and the giant cover up by the Catholic Church Father Brendan Smyth groomed hundreds of children and continued his abuse as he was moved from parish to parish Brenden was a victim who had the honesty to talk to someone about his ordeal He was terrified that his sisters would be next He wanted the abuse to stop This is not an easy book to read It will shock and yet we need to know about such things to protect future generations of children.I award this book 4 stars After a little while he called the other boy over Did the same to him I heard everything Father Smyth was a priest, a good man But I knew that some rule had been broken Brendan was an eleven year old altar boy when he first met Father Smyth When the abuse began, he didn t know what to do surely he should trust a priest But he knew he wasn t the only victim, and his worst nightmare was that his sisters would be nextIt was three years before he plucked up the courage to tell another priest An inquiry was quickly called, in which Brendan was sworn to secrecy But the abuse didn t stop Instead, Father Smyth continued to prey on other children for two decades until he was finally convicted, in the s, of overcounts of child sexual abuseThis shocking memoir tells how, for years, a priest s abuse was ignored by the Catholic Church and how one brave small boy stood up for justice ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay (Fantastic Beasts/Grindelwald) By J.K Rowling ✩ – Kleankitchen.co.uk a good man But I knew that some rule had been broken Brendan was an eleven year old altar boy when he first met Father Smyth When the abuse began ❮Reading❯ ➻ I Love Spiders Author John Parker – Kleankitchen.co.uk he didn t know what to do surely he should trust a priest But he knew he wasn t the only victim ✯ [PDF] ❤ We That Are Young By Preti Taneja ✼ – Kleankitchen.co.uk and his worst nightmare was that his sisters would be nextIt was three years before he plucked up the courage to tell another priest An inquiry was quickly called [Epub] ➜ Krishna ➝ Shweta Taneja – Kleankitchen.co.uk in which Brendan was sworn to secrecy But the abuse didn t stop Instead ❮Epub❯ ➥ My Country ➤ Author Melanie Dunea – Kleankitchen.co.uk Father Smyth continued to prey on other children for two decades until he was finally convicted ❮PDF❯ ✪ Positively American Author Charles Schumer – Kleankitchen.co.uk in the s [BOOKS] ✭ Best Friend to Wife and Mother? Author Caroline Anderson – Kleankitchen.co.uk of overcounts of child sexual abuseThis shocking memoir tells how ➜ [KINDLE] ❆ Bright Evening Star By Madeleine L& ➦ – Kleankitchen.co.uk for years [Epub] ➞ Creating the Good Life ➣ James O& – Kleankitchen.co.uk a priest s abuse was ignored by the Catholic Church and how one brave small boy stood up for justice I personally think that this book needs to go on everyone s must read list it s a true story of a child who had to undergo such a horrendous childhood because he was sexually abused by the most trusted person by this boy s family and apparently by the neighbors because he is a pastor father essentially, the pastor didnt only groom Brendan the boy , but also his family and the entire neighborhood by gaining their trust, especially Brendan s The heartbreaking part is Brendan was confused if I personally think that this book needs to go on everyone s must read list it s a true story of a child who had to undergo such a horrendous childhood because he was sexually abused by the most trusted person by this boy s family and apparently by the neighbors because he is a pastor father essentially, the pastor didnt only groom Brendan the boy , but also his family and the entire neighborhood by gaining their trust, especially Brendan s The heartbreaking part is Brendan was confused if that act of sexual abuse was wrong until he was like 13 14 years old I was quite mad because the church didnt do anything except that they moved Smyth the alleged from one church to another and as expected that actually opened a wider chance for Father Smyth to bait somevictims Generally, the incident affects Brendan all his life, he became over protective of his children, and one of his children died while he was away what saddens me is he kept blaming himself for letting the church do what were done and blaming himself again for suing the church and his thought was God s wrath had befallen him one of his sons was taken by Him I was so glad to find out that Smyth, at last, was locked behind the bar, and now he s dead Sworn to Silence is a disturbing story but it is a must read book An extremely well written, heartbreaking story, it brought a tear to my eye a few times It is a frank and honest account of the appalling abuse endured by a Priest and covered up by the Catholic Church This story was compelling from start to finish and I wish Brendan all the best. This is a very personal biography by Brendan Boland about his experiences growing up and the effects of the abuse he suffered at the hands of Fr Brendan Smyth and the continuing impact the Church s respond had on his life It is powerful, intimate and very insightful on the effects that such an experience can have on someone lasting their entire life, and not just the impact on the victim but also their family My only criticism would be that there are some simple editing errors which really sho This is a very personal biography by Brendan Boland about his experiences growing up and the effects of the abuse he suffered at the hands of Fr Brendan Smyth and the continuing impact the Church s respond had on his life It is powerful, intimate and very insightful on the effects that such an experience can have on someone lasting their entire life, and not just the impact on the victim but also their family My only criticism would be that there are some simple editing errors which really should have been picked up during the editing of the book itself but that fault does not lie with the author and certainly does not take away from the book Disclaimer I received this book through NetGalley as a free ARC in exchange for an honest review This is that review 8 10 StarsWhen Brendan Boland was fourteen he confided a secret to a priest he didn t know A secret that should have blown the Vatican out of the water and forced the world to take notice A secret that tested his faith, his family ties, and even his sexuality Brendan had been sexually assaulted by Father Brendan Smythe for years And he wanted it to stop Most of my readers Disclaimer I received this book through NetGalley as a free ARC in exchange for an honest review This is that review 8 10 StarsWhen Brendan Boland was fourteen he confided a secret to a priest he didn t know A secret that should have blown the Vatican out of the water and forced the world to take notice A secret that tested his faith, his family ties, and even his sexuality Brendan had been sexually assaulted by Father Brendan Smythe for years And he wanted it to stop Most of my readers know that I have no love or loyalty to the Catholic church and consider them, as a whole, to be some of the most hypocritical and self righteous people to exist They are nearly always behind the banning of books that could better be suited to expand the minds of children and young adults and they are always at the center of a sex scandal I did not pick this book based on my biased opinions I chose to request this book because of the content and nature First and foremost, I am an activist I support human rights campaigns and have been known to fly off to help deprogram individuals who are attempting to leave a cult I have advocated for a cult refuge center and have been successful many times over in getting help to those who need it I am not, however, a clinical or licensed psychologist Most people who choose to come to me for help do so because of my fighting nature They know that I will not stop protecting or helping them I chose to read this book because Brendan Boland and I are kindred in that respect After giving his testimony in a closed room, away from his parents, the teenager was sworn to never repeat a word that had been said He assumed that his testimony would be the end of it That Father Smythe would be put far away, where he could never harm another child Then Boland went his own way in life Never having fully healed, he did he best that he could and found love and loyalty in his wife, martina, and their two sons Imagine his surprise to discover, nearly two decades later, that Smythe was in trouble again This time criminally Imagine Brendan Bolands horror to find that telling his story did not save anyone from a pediphile who used G D as his witness and to put fear in children Imagine, just for a second what it was like to see his nightmare happening all over the television In every newspaper And to have to tell his story in open court when he had thought it was over The reason for the eight of ten stars is for formatting The book is read like a narrative but occasionally confuses the reader with time and dates as well as the who s who Otherwise, it was well worth reading I recommend this book to anyone who has a heart and can stomach reading about the abuse this one child endured as well as the other terrible abuses he witnessed first hand In the end, no matter your choice of Faith, child abuse is wrong I hope that this man and all the many others like him pay for their sins against these children May their victims find peace How can you not give this book anything but 5 stars for a review.This is an horrendous act on children I have never had any sympathy with any perpetrator and although there are books out there some making us try to understand or feel sorry for the perpetrator, that will NEVER happen There are plenty of religions that hide and cover up these pedophiles and it makes me livid as this book did Here is an 11 year old boy, an altar boy in the Catholic church Young, innocent lad Then he gets t How can you not give this book anything but 5 stars for a review.This is an horrendous act on children I have never had any sympathy with any perpetrator and although there are books out there some making us try to understand or feel sorry for the perpetrator, that will NEVER happen There are plenty of religions that hide and cover up these pedophiles and it makes me livid as this book did Here is an 11 year old boy, an altar boy in the Catholic church Young, innocent lad Then he gets to meet Father Smyth I don t even want to type his title hidden under his clothe is a wolf in lambs clothing After suffering at the hands of this man, he gets the chance to tell another priest of what s happening to him He fears for his sisters too and he is convinced its happening to others Did they do anything about this lads revelation NO It was many years later when this Father Smyth was brought accountable for his actions, but by then he had abused many.There is not any excuse for this religious organization to move this person from parish to parish to hush it up Its inexcusable.I had read an account of this happening in a different religious sect not many months ago Religious organizations are a great way for pedophiles to hide under the radar and even now this is happening.I applaud Brendan Boland for writing this book It took some guts, but I would imagine its also a relief to get it out there make people aware.Things like this is not an isolated case, its going on even now folks I feel you should read this book to see just what effect it actually haves on the survivors I would like to thank Random House UK, Ebury Publishing for allowing me a copy of this book to read and review