It took “great courage” for Rideout victims to speak out – Barnado’s

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After former priest Gordon Rideout was found guilty of 36 charges of child sex abuse today (Monday, May 20), a Barnado’s boss has praised the courage of the victims in speaking out.

Barnardo’s director of children’s services Sam Monaghan, said, “We are extremely saddened by this case and our deepest sympathies go out to those who have suffered; it has taken great courage for them to step forward and relive their experiences.

“We are glad that justice has been served and believe it is critical that abusers are held to account for their crimes, regardless of when they took place.

“We take all allegations of historical abuse extremely seriously and we will always co-operate fully with the justice system on such matters.”