1/20/2010 6:15 PM ET |
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Gabriel Byrne, best know for his work in The Usual Suspects, recently opened up to an Irish television show that he was molested when he was 11 years old while in seminary school.
Gabriel only lasted in the seminary school for a little under five years before leaving, but during that time, he endured sexual abuse from one of the clergy men. Gabriel recalls:
"Unfortunately, I experienced some sexual abuse. It was a known and admitted fact of life amongst us that there was this particular man, and you didn't want to be left in the dressing room with him. There were certain boundaries, sexual boundaries, that were crossed… I didn't feel that i suffered at the time.. It took many years to come to terms with it and to forgive those incidents that I felt had deeply hurt me. Again, I didn't think it severely impacted me at the time. But I suppose when I think about my later life, and how I had difficulties with certain issues, there is the real possibility they could have been attributable to that."
One of the difficulties could have been his long battle with alcoholism, which he also discussed in the interview.
It's a very sad situation, one we're sure happens more than anyone would like it to.
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