Friday, 22 January 2016

FATHER SYMONDS VICTIM SPEAKS OUT

Campbell Porter

My name is Campbell Porter and I was abused by Paul Symonds from the age of 12.   The abuse and conditioning was so complete and so insidious that it was not until 2009 that I reported this to the Jesuits.    His ‘holy grail’ of self-gratification was not genital or sexual – it was to do with feet.   How does a 12 or even a 16 year old defend themselves against that?   I was ignorant about sex in general;   paedophilia and accompanying paraphilia – that’s just another planet too far for a pre-adolescent.


From when I reported the case, and throughout the investigation and legal process, I have seen documents, letters and statements, but none of these can I share.   Jurisdiction, contempt of court, changes in legislation, legal aid, statutes of limitation, have all influenced the proper process of justice.   Police statements from my Headmaster and also my Year Master (and Symonds’s direct supervisor) and then letters between Symonds and the Jesuit Provincial and even his ordination references.     And do you really think that the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is going to make a 50 grand payment based on a whim?   
But all that aside, I know (and more importantly – he knows) that he abused me, and profoundly affected my life, negatively, through his behaviour.   That’s his problem.
Today, in the course of my business, I attend people who have suffered terrible abuse, and I share the pain with my clients.   I am very effective because I can understand from an experiential standpoint what’s going on.   (I’ve been there!)    I also work successfully with addicts (substance abuse is known to be a favourite of abuse victims).   And, after all, Paul Symonds introduced me (at 13 years) to alcohol as a way to ‘having his way’.  
From when I reported this abuse in 2009 – seven years ago – I have devoted all my energy and done everything required (and it has been really unpleasant) raking over my past, being investigated and used by the lawyers, systems and authorities.   But, today, it is over.   I did as much as I could to bring about the truth and justice, that this deserved, and although I did not get proper justice myself, the clients I attend get the benefit from the experience.   If you have been abused, you need to really think very carefully about what you’re going to do about it.  Call me!
This blog, and our community, is not anarchy, the people you have elected (within the Church) have made a pronouncement that has to be respected.   I have shared in your community.  I was there in ’95; I went to the homes of Symonds’s parishioners – I personally saw and experienced his personal disregard.    It’s your problem.
I would be delighted to engage publicly or through private means with anyone who so wishes.

Campbell Porter Duncan
Telephone:                         +(56-9) 6428 0100
Skype:                                  Campbell.Porter
Email:                                    campbell.porter@gmail.com
Web:                                     www.hipnosis-integral.com

27 comments:

  1. Mourne Man Michael22 January 2016 at 22:57

    Duncan, your post is obviously heartfelt. But it's unclear as to the nature of your abuse other than its something to do with feet. Presumably it's a PS foot fetish?
    So assist please by clarification.
    MMM

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    1. MMM, Do you think we need the details? Just asking. Pat.

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    2. MourneManMichael23 January 2016 at 00:13

      I'm simply asking as there's no clarity concering the alleged abuse.
      I'm not seeking graphic details. It's just that from perspective of one previously involved with abuse investigations and prosecution I'm aware of standards of evidence necessary for successful prosecution.
      I'm also aware of damage done to innocent parties by malicious or misguided allegations.
      So while on balance, being aware of trauma to victims and their difficulties in revealing their abuse I am obliged to take all assertions of abuse with an impartial dispassionate eye.
      And having said that, with absolutely no disrespect to poster, with my inherent disregard for innuendo, I am simply seeking something more concrete.
      MMM

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    3. Do you not think it interesting that the Jesuits paid out £50,000 in this case.

      Seems to me to be at least a subtle acceptance of accusations ?

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    4. Would someone in the know please explain to this ex-seminarian what on Earth 'foot fetishim' is? I truly don't know.

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    5. Sexual arousal involving feet.

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    6. How can anyone be sexually aroused by feet? Mine stink to high heaven once out of trainors...and I shower every day. Socks changed 'n' all.

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  2. Foot fetishism is common. Type 'homosexual foot fetish' into google and see what comes up. It is one of the paraphilia. Well done, Campbell. God bless you. You have been vindicated and are helping others on their paths and in their battles.

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    1. It has taken Campbell 30 years to be believed !!!!!

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  3. Pat as you are aware, father Paul was cleared of all charges. I'm just curious as to wether you putting this up has legal ramifications in any way. Something I will be happy to look into and report.

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  4. When you look into the law you will discover there is a difference between "no prosecution" and going through a trial and being found innocent of all charges.

    Feel free to look into it till the cows come home.

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    1. Pat you are correct. See NOLLE PROSEQUI

      Belfast QC

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    2. I'm not discussing no prosecution vs found innocent. I'm stating no prosecution was made against him. That is a very big difference. We will see pat. Ps hahaha that a Belfast qc just happened to be on here after that was posted. Mr qc, would you give your name?

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    3. Just like you gave your name ?

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    4. Campbell Porter gave evidence to the English police, to the Jesuits and to the Church Court held in Dublin presided over by Father Paul Churchill from the Dublin Trubunal. Bishop Treanor referred the case to Dublin.

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    5. To Anonymous at 00.13

      BINGO!

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  5. PS now has to live as a retired priest. Who has responsibility for him in terms of finance and housing etc.

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    1. In Canon Law Down and Connor has that responsibility.

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    2. Paul Symonds is a man of personal means. He has his own house. He won't be found begging.

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  6. Well done Campbell - people underestimate how much courage it takes to talk so openly about the suffering you endured as a kid. I don't; I know. You didn't get proper justice but you have turned bad into good and that's a powerful thing

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  7. Wonder why the other victims haven't came out with him surely we can't believe mr porter was the only one

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    1. Campbell Porter knows of one other who now lives in the USA - who for his own personal reasons did not want to pursue the matter.

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  8. Nolle prosequi as a declaration can be made by a prosecutor in a criminal case either before or during trial, resulting in the prosecutor declining to further pursue the case against the defendant. Courts seldom challenge applications for nolle prosequi. In the U.S., judges will usually sign a dismissal order prepared by the prosecution or make a docket entry indicating the disposition of the case to be "nolle prosse" after a declaration or motion by the prosecution. In criminal cases in the U.S. it has been held improper for a court to enter an order of nolle prosequi on its own without a motion by the prosecutor,[4] but as to sentencing discrepancies involved in a sentence recommendation, a trial judge is authorized to reject an underlying guilty plea based upon concerns of fairness and justice or because it is presented after the plea cutoff date.[5] The notes to Rule 48 of the US Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (FRCRP) draw attention to the effect of the rule as contrasting with common law: Rule 48 now mandates that prosecutors seek leave of the court before dismissing a case via filing a nolle prosequi.[6]
    Reason
    The declaration may be made because the charges cannot be proved due to evidence too weak to carry the burden of proof, because the evidence is fatally flawed in light of the claims brought,[7] or may be made if the prosecutor becomes doubtful the accused is guilty or the defendant's innocence is proved, or if the defendant has died. It has also been used when a Federal criminal charge is brought up against a defendant and the prosecutor on a State charge for the same offense no longer wishes to pursue the case. Usually this happens when the State prosecutor is content with the sentence on the Federal charge and has no need to go any further with the original case.
    Timing[
    In criminal cases, nolle prosequi declarations are generally made after an indictment as long as adjudication on the merits has not occurred, or in some jurisdictions, as long as a trial has not commenced. In civil cases, nolle prosequi declarations are made either before trial begins or before a judgement on the merits is rendered, depending on the rules of the jurisdiction.
    Legal effect[
    The entry of a nolle prosequi is not an acquittal, and the principle of double jeopardy therefore does not apply. The defendant may later be re-indicted on the same charge

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  9. Paul Symonds has been found guilty by the Church tribunal and his faculties to minister have been withdrawn for Down and Connor and everywhere else in the Church. That is the fact of what has happened. He is forced into retirement and, never again, will he celebrate Mass and the Sacraments publicly.

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    1. Where did you read the Church found him guilty?

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    2. Anonymous January 24 at 15:18? Are you thick? Or being deliberately obtuse??

      "The canonical investigation has reached the decision that Fr Paul Symonds will live as a retired priest without any public ministry".

      That means that there are grounds for concern about PS and Safeguarding - and he is no longer permitted to exercise his priestly ministry.

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  10. I suppose abuse boils down to inappropriate respect for another persons personal space and manipulating another person for ones own purposes. Feet or anything else included.....

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