A former resident of a Church-run children's home has told an inquiry how he was sexually abused by older boys while he slept.
He told the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry that St
Joseph's childre's home in Termonbacca, Co Londonderry, was "run on
The man was handed over to a priest at St Joseph's by
his mother when he was a child and lived at the home in the 1950s and
He told the inquiry which is investigating abuse claims
against children's residential institutions from 1922 to 1995 that
responsibility for the younger boys was given over to the older boys by
The witness described how the older boys would call out the
names of children at night, before having them stripped and sexually
abusing them "for their own entertainment".
He also said that he
was battered with a brush while he slept and on many occasions pretended
to be asleep to try and avoid the abuse.
The children's home and Nazareth House, also in Derry, were run by the Sisters of Nazareth.
witness said he believed the nuns at the home must have heard the
children's names being called, but he claimed that they never checked on
what was happening.
As well as being abused by the older boys at night, he recalled how he was also attacked by a group of them in a laundry room.
also alleged that one of the nuns at the home made him kneel for hours
until the blood stopped flowing to his knees, referring to her as "evil
The former resident told the inquiry he was constantly hungry, recalling how he fainted during Mass.
inquiry has already heard from other former residents of the Sisters of
Nazareth homes who told of lying in bed soaked in urine in an effort to
discourage sexual predators, suffering public humiliation by being made
to carry soiled sheets draped over them for wetting the bed, and being
beaten for not working hard or fast enough.
Another said he did not have a childhood and never played football or enjoyed any other normal pursuits.