Saturday, November 16, 2019

'He’d start by tickling you': Survivors share their stories of sexual abuse in new documentary

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SAULT STE. MARIE -- A new documentary about a sexual abuse survivor’s court battle with the Catholic Church kicked off the third annual Hot Docs Showcase in Sault Ste. Marie Wednesday night.

Rod MacLeod was a student at St. Charles College in Sudbury when he was sexually abused by a Basilian priest and teacher there by the name of Father Hodgson ‘Hod’ Marshall.

"He would pin you against his desk with his legs so that you couldn’t move and he’d start by tickling you, then very soon he was under your clothes," said MacLeod.

The new Canadian documentary, Prey, follows MacLeod’s civil suit against the Basilian Fathers of Toronto for its role in enabling his abuser. He was eventually awarded $2.57 million in damages.

MacLeod remained silent for 55 years before deciding to share his story.

"I hadn’t come forward when I was younger, so I made it my mission to go through with a whole trial right from start to finish with the idea of lifting the veil of silence off this horrible situation," he said.  (more...)

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