Serial child molester priest, Father Finian Egan, who sexually abused three women aged between 10 and 17 in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, faces his victims on Monday in court. The abuses happened in different diocese in Sydney and in NSW Central Coast.
At one point during the court hearing, the now very old Fr Egan, removed his earring aids to be able not to hear how his victims spoke evil about him during court trial.
"May God have mercy on your soul, because I certainly don't," said one of his victims. The first women to spoke in court said that the memories of the abuse tormented her for 50 years. She said that as a child, she confided to a nun about the abuse, but the nun beat her and forced her to drink castor oil. This was her punishment for speaking bad things about the priest. Up until this very day, the women feels scared of telling bad things about priests because of a strong trauma inflicted on her by her strong Catholic faith.
The woman told court that Fr Egan started abusing her when she was just 10 years old. He asked her to sit on his lap. He then took her underwear off and sexually abused her right then and there.
She was so disturbed because of what she experienced with Fr Egan that she had to cut her long hair because the priest found it beautiful.
"I was a 10-year-old child who needed to be cared for, but instead I was manipulated, abused, punished and humiliated," the woman told court.
The second victim who spoke in court said that her experience with Fr Egan rubbed her off from her childhood, innocence and trust in people.
"Father Egan took away the chance for me to experience my first kiss with a boy, my first sexual experience," the woman said.
She said Father Egan was treated like a family member, and this had prevented her for a time to reveal the abuse to her mother.
The third woman, on the other hand, strongly refused to be called as a victim.
"I'm not a victim. I'm a survivor. Still to this day I'm being crucified for what he has done. I'm here today to lay the blame where it belongs: at the feet of the pedophile sitting in front of you," the woman said.
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