A recent report about sexual abuse of children maintains that for 60 years Catholic priests systematically raped 36,000 Irish children. In another recent related revelation the headlines announced: "Abuse claims against Jesuits reach 500." If this level of sexual abuse is possible in Catholic Ireland or even in the United States, imagine
what totally unregulated, ex-patriot Catholic priests have been doing in Haiti and Africa for
According to just this one small look at things in the US, more than 500 people have filed claims accusing Jesuits of sexually abusing children across the Northwest (United States)...Among them were claims by 110 Alaska Natives..."
In Haiti, the issue of the Catholic's church, other religious orders and charity workers' sexually abusing Haitian children has barely been exposed. But it has gone on, with impunity, for centuries.
Ezili's HLLN is raising-public-awareness on two current cases - accused pedophiles, Douglas Perlitz from the United States and ex-priest John Duarte from Canada. (See also, Fr. Paul Carrier, S.J. Near The End Of The Line, Posted by Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit blog. ) We've also written to the United Nations about their soldiers' rape and sexual abuse of Haitian children and people since their landing in Haiti in 2004. (See, I am a the History of Rape: Letter to the UN asking for investigative reports on UN rapes in Haiti and UN Peacekeepers and Humanitarian Aid Workers raping, molesting and abusing Haitian children.)
Douglas Perlitz: The bond issue has been dropped by the lawyers for accused pedophile of Haiti children, defendant Douglas Perlitz. Jury trial is set for May 3, 2010 at 9:00 AM in Courtroom Two, before Judge Janet Bond Arterton. Trial schedules are fluid, so Ezili's HLLN
will let those interested in being in court know if the trial date
remains unchanged and when it would be advisable to come to court in
support of the Project Pierre Toussaint children from Haiti who
complain and accuse defendant Douglas Perlitz of rape, sexual abuse and
molestation. We take this opportunity to thank all of you who remain
vigilant and called to find out if the last court date was still going
forward. Ezili's HLLN will continue to follow this case and let
everyone know when there is further movement.
At this point, the accused Perltiz remains in jail pending trial and that is good news for children everywhere. But the Haiti children who were victimized need counselling, education, shelter, clean water, food, medical help and the basics in life support, protection and nurturing. Some have gone back to living in the streets and feel they've been punished for coming forward with their stories of abuse. At the beginning of the year, with the help, collaboration and advice of our Haitian collaborators in Cap Haitian Haiti, Ezili's HLLN will push for a fund to get basic housing, clean water, a tutor and an indigenous trauma counselor made available for the children in need of such help suffering from the after-effects of the Perlitz investigation. It has been clinically proven that many predators were abused as children themselves and continue the trajectory as adults. We would like to break that cycle for these children and for Haiti's next generation of children who could suffer the after effects of this Perlitz abuse. Help for the abused children will be feasible only with your assistance. Please consider making a donation, or booking an Ezili DantÃ² presentation or speaking engagement to assist HLLN in continuing this public-awareness-raising work and to help push to set up a fund to help the Project Toussaint children of abuse. Our interconnectedness is indisputable, so together we must rise to help break the abuse cycle. Let's try to help these identifiable survivors of sexual abuse.
Understand that the Catholic Church is very powerful colonizing factor in Haiti, and foreign charity workers and NGOs in Haiti (over 10,000 strong in Haiti right now) have been using piety, religion, from all the orders - Catholicism, Protestants, etc... - and the white hero archetypes of colonial and popular culture and its inseparable but mostly unconscious vampire shadow as a cover and opportunity to get away with all sorts of crimes, fleece Haiti's poor, contain-it-in-poverty to perennially assure themselves of do-gooder jobs and, as in the Perlitz and The 'Father Teresa' of Haiti -- Armand Huard cases, for sexual abuse, domination, and to take in their sadistic serotonin rushes.
In the article, Oil in Haiti - Economic Reasons for the UN/US occupation by Ezili DantÃ², I wrote:
Going shopping in Haiti:
In the age of humanitarian imperialism, globalization, financial colonialism and neocolonial-violence obfuscated behind forced assimilation and cultural imperialism, what exactly do some whites or modern missionaries go shopping in Haiti for: sex, self-esteem, adulation, fun, challenge, adventure, the boost in serotonin-consumption, to exploit cheap labor, plunder Haiti's natural resources, for self-improvement, recovery, to use Haiti as in excuse to raise funds for their salaries and living expenses, or as an easy way to gain international expert credentials in any field and move up the socio-economic ladder at home and/or for securing the good tropical lifestyle with mountain and oceanfront houses, the maids, gardeners and seafood they couldn't obtain as easily in their Euro/US countries where they are the majority, ordinary, can't use the white privilege inheritance without some scrutiny and are not as exotic and special as in neocolonial devastated Haiti. It's all hidden, of course, behind the mask of being good humanitarians and helping Haitians. (Haiti's Holocaust and Middle Passage Continues; The-To-Tell-The-Truth-About-Haiti Forum 2009 ; and, Proposed solutions to create a new paradigm.)
John Duarte: On another but similarly horrid note, another accused pedophile of Haitian children, ex-Catholic priest John Duarte, was recently and court in Canada and denied bail. Like Douglas Perlitz, John Duarte remains in jail (in Windsor, Canada) while he waits for his trial to begin. During his court appearance recently in Canada, the accused pedophile Duarte had at least 30 supporters, dubbed the "Friends of John Duarte" in court to support him. Mostly, it's reported, friends from the Catholic church. Where are the Ezili's HLLN folks in Canada? People, please take a look at the John Duarte case and make your presence known. Let the people in Canada know, Haitian children cannot be abused without consequences and that you are present and counted for as a voice against the abuse of Haiti's children under the guise of "saving their souls" or bringing sustenance, security and "education."( See, A former Windsor priest who was arrested in the Dominican Republic and accused of sexually abusing teenaged boys in Haiti was denied bail Thursday and Ex-priest's supporters crowd courtroom and I am the History of Rape.)