Caldey Island monk abuser movie ‘makes my pores and skin crawl’ (News)


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Media captionEdited extracts of the footage, displaying Thaddeus Kotik at places in Pembrokeshire

A sufferer of kid abuse by a monk on Caldey Island 50 years in the past has revealed he was given dwelling film footage of his abuser to recollect him by.

The sufferer has proven BBC Wales the 8mm movie given to him by Thaddeus Kotik within the late 1960s and stated it now “makes my pores and skin crawl”.

It exhibits the monk – who died in 1992 – sight-seeing in Pembrokeshire.

The Unbiased Inquiry into Baby Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has now stated Caldey may type a part of its probe.

BBC Wales revealed on Friday that Dyfed-Powys Police at the moment are investigating claims by 20 victims.

Mark – the identify we’re utilizing to guard his identification – was the primary male sufferer to come back ahead earlier this 12 months.

Beforehand, the victims who had come ahead had been ladies.

Now in his early 60s, he was given the movie when he was 10 or 11.

“[Kotik] instructed me: ‘That is when you ever need to remind your self of me within the chilly winter months’.

“It makes my pores and skin crawl fascinated about it now.”

Mark’s father had been befriended by Kotik when the household visited the island, off the coast of Tenby, on vacation and so they used to return, whereas his father would do odd jobs.

He stated Kotik spent years grooming him and abused him on a number of events from the age of eight.

The movie had been in a field in his attic for many years.

Mark discovered it round two months in the past and watched it once more on an previous projector as he, in addition to his lawyer, needed to offer it to BBC Wales to assist along with his authorized case towards the abbey.

Mark stated watching it once more was tough.

“It was thoughts numbing and contained numerous triggers,” he stated.

“I needed to look away at occasions, it is not good for me. However, I needed to verify it was applicable to offer to others and so I watched it once more.

“I am attempting to place issues proper – I believed the movie would possibly assist others bear in mind and are available ahead with their tales. I am climbing a mountain and I assume that is a part of that.”

Mark has already described to us how he simply “froze nonetheless” throughout one of many assaults, and being “frightened and upset.”

He’s now taking authorized motion towards the abbey and has additionally backed requires a public inquiry.

Final 12 months, six ladies obtained compensation in an out of court docket settlement and the abbot of Caldey Abbey apologised after it emerged that complaints about Kotik weren’t handed to the police by his predecessor in 1990.

BBC Wales has made repeated makes an attempt to contact the present abbot on Caldey for remark.

In the meantime, IICSA, which this week reported a cover-up of “appalling” abuse at two Catholic faculties in North Yorkshire and Somerset, stated the allegations about Caldey have been related to its persevering with investigations into abuse within the wider Catholic church within the coming months.

“Because the investigation progresses the inquiry will think about as to whether it could actually think about the allegations referring to Caldey Island as a part of that barely long run programme of labor,” a spokesman added.

Dr Mair Edwards, a scientific psychologist, stated: “I feel you will need to look into historic abuse in order that we will study classes.

“There’s a want to have a look at what has occurred to folks in our society with a purpose to guarantee that it does not occur to others.”


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