I have had contact with a victim of Brother John Paradis (Brothers of Christian). He also makes allegations against Brother Marcel (Brother Claude Villemure) . He has given permission to post. Here it is. I will post as I received it. A warning, some of the content is graphic:
Haunted since January 1966. Molested, fondled, photographed and an
attempted sodomy all par for the course at St Mary’s.
The Japanese physical education teacher found me reading a Playboy
magazine which I had been given to read by a friend. He took me to
Brother Marcel. Brother Marcel and the physical education teacher took
me to principal Brother John’s office and I was told to wait
outside. I heard and still remember the American Forces radio being
turned on playing POLKA music. I was called in and the door was
locked. I was wearing my white St Mary’s tshirt with the school name
on the front and blue jeans. The physical education teacher told me to
take off my shoes, he then pulled off my tshirt and undid my jeans and
pushed them down with my underwear. I had to stand nude with my hands
on my head. Brother John then started examine me touching me all over
the front of my body touching every part of the front of me. The other
two also did the same thing until I had an erection. Brother John had
a camera and I had to smile for nude photographs he took of me alone
and with the other 2. Brother John told me if I ever read magazines
like that again he would let all my parents and my class see them. I
agreed never to read them again. They left and I was left alone nude
with Brother John who locked the door again.
Brother John then took off his crucifix from around his neck and
kissed it and put it on his desk. He took off his cassock and had no
underwear under it. He was standing in his shoes. What I remember
vividly is he had an erection which was huge, so much so that it
impressed me as a child. It was curved like a sabre. He told me I
could touch it and I did.
He then made me bend over a chair which I thought would give me more
pleasure like when they made me get an erection. I felt his hands
spread my buttocks. I had gastroenteritis and when he did this my
bowel let go and there was a gush of faeces. I stood up and said I was
sorry, there was a smelly puddle on the floor. He quickly pulled on
his cassock from the desk and when he did this the crucifix fell and
landed in the faeces. I said I would pay for it. He told me to get
dressed and get out.
When I left the Japanese secretary said “gomenasai” to me which is
sorry in Japanese. I did not know why she said this until years later,
but now I know. She knew what went on and they did inside Brother
John’s office. He was principal in charge of the school and he had a
brother and a Japanese in there molesting me with him. If this was the
best school in Tokyo, I would hate to see the worst.
On the next Brother Allan my teacher made me wait after the others had
gone outside the classroom. He showed me about 20 nude foolscap size
black and white photos of me in Brother John’s office and told me
never to look at Playboy magazines again or he would show them to my
friends and parents. He didn’t touch me.
I can verify this happened. I spoke about it to a psychologist who
made detailed notes about it 40 years ago including names of the
brothers, and the physical education teacher whose name I cannot
remember now. This was a military psychologist and my medical records
will never be erased. I do not think he believed me. The records can
be given to police NOW.
I now know the erection Brother John had was caused by PEYRONIE’S
disease a medical condition which causes curvature of the penis. An
examination by a medical examiner will establish this condition. How
else would I know he had this curvature of the penis?
I am wanting very badly to make a police complaint, however I am on
the other side of the world. Any advice on how to make this police
complaint to Japanese police is very welcome. I read from this blog he
now lives in Montreal, but perhaps Japanese police could make him
return to Japan or the brother in charge of the order could easily
order him to return. All the brother in charge has to do is direct a
doctor examine his erection which can be induced with drugs if he is
unable to produce one.
Then there is Brother Marcel who molested and fondled me all over my
nude body in the office and the Japanese physical education teacher
who also rubbed his hands fully all over my nude body if they are
still alive. Then there is Brother Allan isn’t possession of child
pornography a criminal offence?
I would like them charged. Just to know they are taken to a prison and
made to strip nude and be fully examined publically in the processing
area would make me feel good.
I wonder if the principal’s secretary is alive? If so I wonder what
she knows of how many others? As his secretary said “I am sorry”
in Japanese, how did she know, why did she say it, clearly it was a
regular event in his office.
I am ashamed I went to St Mary’s. However the revelations on these
web sites mean that after almost 50 years I will now be believed about
what I told the psychologist 40 years ago. I do not think the military
psychologist believed me and I have not ever told anyone else. But now
I feel free that this burden has been released. There were others.
One good thing is that when I was at school I never realized I had
been molested. I just thought I was being given a lesson in not to
look at pornography. It was later when I went to college that I
discovered what nearly happened being bent over in the office, and
them making me get an erection was molestation. Thank goodness I had
gastroenteritis as it saved me.
What can I say?
I am working on a page for Brother Marcel. It may be a while before I have it together, but I started it several hours ago so well on the way.
I encourage all those who were sexually abused at St. Mary’s International School in Japan to speak up. The same holds true for those who were molested by a Christian Brother of Instruction/Mennasian Brother anywhere else.
Brother Marcel is the Brother who celebrated his 60th anniversary as a Brother in 2012. Brother Lawrence gave a speech at the celebrations. Here is the text, first in French, and then in an unofficial English translation:
On the occasion of Brother Marcel’s 60th anniversary, Brother Guy Lambert talks of the time the pair spent in England, travels to Japan in 1961, and parting in 1966 (Brother Marcel is the name under which Brother Claude Villemure is known in Japan) (French text – extract from 19 October 2012 Contacts )
October 2012: Br. Lambert speech at Brother Marcel’s 60th (re their time in England in 60s with Br. Lessard etc.) (English translation)
Note that Brothers Lambert, Lessard and Marcel Villemure were all at Pell Wall Hall School, (St. Joseph’s College) Market Drayton, Shropshire, England before they landed in Japan. As I noted on the Brother Lambert page, the stately mansion, acquired by the brothers 1928, was abandoned in 1962 and sold in 1965.
There are sex abuse allegations against the trio. It’s hard, is it not, not to wonder what happened at Pell Wall Hall?
A quick question: Does anyone perchance know the identity of the Phys Ed teacher?
I must get to work. Please keep the victim who found the courage to speak out after all of these years in your prayers. And remember too all those who endured sexual abuse at the hands of any of these Brothers, those who have spoken up, and those who are struggling.
Enough for now