By Kathy Marks
This version doesn't contain illustrations. a stunning exposé of the poor secrets and techniques on the center of the Pitcairn Island group – a story of systematic baby abuse and rape which stretches again over forty years. Pitcairn Island – domestic to the descendants of the mutineers of the Bounty – has lengthy been regarded as a tropical paradise. Wild and distant, it really is Britain’s so much remoted outpost and a myth vacation spot for lots of. yet in 1999, British police, alerted through unsettling studies of a rape, descended at the island. Their research constructed right into a significant enquiry which published that Pitcairn was once the location of common and terrible sexual abuse instigated by way of the island males on ladies as younger as twelve. Scarcely a guy at the island used to be untainted through the allegations, and virtually not one of the ladies had escaped, notwithstanding such a lot citizens feigned lack of know-how, even if their very own daughters have been abused. Abusers incorporated the magistrates and law enforcement officials in addition to brothers and uncles. Few of...
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They did not wish their names to be used, and we met them on neutral ground; even so, the other islanders knew within hours that the interview had taken place. The two were anxious to dispel the impression that Pitcairn was a hotbed of under-age sex. That had not been their experience when they were growing up, they claimed. I asked why they had kept quiet at Big Fence. ‘There’s no point in one little voice speaking up,’ one woman replied. She told us that the Pitcairners usually avoided confrontation.
Our reception party was modest and consisted mainly of outsiders. A handful of Pitcairners, including Tom Christian’s wife, Betty, were waiting on the concrete jetty; one or two others stood at the far end, well away from the boat, and they left after photographing our arrival. We clambered ashore and milled around uncertainly, amid the bustle of greetings and boxes being unloaded. Jay and Randy, still at work, winched the longboat up a slipway and into the boatshed, which was crowned by a big sign stating ‘Welcome to Pitcairn Island’.
It was September 2004, and for the next six weeks, along with other journalists, I would be living on a lump of volcanic rock in the middle of the South Pacific. Our group had been travelling for eight days and was still some way off, separated by seas whipping themselves into furious peaks. But we could see our destination ahead of us: Pitcairn Island, the legendary home of Fletcher Christian and the Bounty mutineers. One of Fletcher’s heirs was slouched in the back of the longboat: Randy Christian, black-bearded and massively built.