Doctor Bradbury, please help me

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This month, we could read about doctor Bradbury. Shock and outrage surfaced with the news that he had molested innocent children with cancer for 22 years.

These boys were all vulnerable and gravely ill. In all my years on the bench, I have never come across such a grotesque betrayal of your Hippocratic oath.

Judge Gareth Hawkesworth


The case reminds me of Jimmy Saville, who also abused so many children without getting caught before it was too late. I think about the nightmare it must have been for those who’ve trusted these men. Children, hoping for a better future, and how they probably has had their lives destroyed. I won’t even think about how and why this happened. The story is familiar: People were suspicious and thought something might be going on. In Saville’s case, people even knew that abuse happened, but they failed to speak up, dismissing the truth for several reasons. Some because they were afraid, since Saville was famous and liked. Some thought they must have misunderstood, and some plainly wouldn’t think about it.

Bradbury was described as “a man of great charm and persuasiveness” whom everybody trusted. When one victim raised concerns with his mother, she said: “He’s a doctor, it must be necessary.”

Dec 1st, 2014

Our mind is the king of denial, and reigns over conscience and fear. After the fact we are haunted by guilt and think about the signs that suddenly makes everything obvious. I remember one of the people who suspected that Saville did indeed molest children. She talked about why she didn’t report what she had suspected. Several of the reasons mentioned, were named, and it was clear that she wished she had followed her gut feeling. We can all remember occasion where we failed to do the right thing, and most of us feel guilty for a long time afterwards. What’s the cure? Simply do what’s right when you feel something might be wrong. I, like the rest of the world, shudder when we read stories like these, but what really scares me is abuse on a large scale. It’s abuse in countries where no safety nets exists. Where abuse doesn’t get investigated because of corruption or lack of laws.

Examples are girls sold to slavery and poor women in developed countries who endure secular violence on a regular basis. They have silent screams that we never hear, because they are muffled from the very beginning. This is was scares me more than anything else. In UK, the children and families who were affected by doctor Bradbury, at least get justice. In many poor countries, the perpetuates walk free after abuse and even murder. The innocent women and men have no place to turn for comfort, help or hope. They must endure another crisis, every day, while the rest of the world goes on like nothing is wrong.

What scares you the most?

Maybe, when we hear the screams, we will finally wake up enough to do something for the victims of abuse. Until then, let us all remember to speak up when we suspect something’s amiss. We might regret it otherwise.

The sound of shocking news

Dr Myles Bradbury patients’ families warned children could be abused

29 thoughts on “Doctor Bradbury, please help me

    Louise Banta said:
    December 10, 2014 at 16:53

    It is so sad that some people choose to be silent on the things they see wrong because they either don’t have to the courage or strength to speak up or they just don’t really care.

    I’m a very opinionated person and I really speak up when something’s not right. People find it intimidating most of the time but I’ve always believed that I’m given the freedom to speak for a reason and I honestly think it’s to clear things out or add knowledge.

      mirrorgirl responded:
      December 10, 2014 at 17:13

      I am so glad that you dare to speak up! It takes a lot of courage and commitment to do so.

    Cat said:
    December 10, 2014 at 17:23

    I’m from the UK, so know a little of the Saville and the Bradbury cases, and both are equally shocking. When I initially heard, my first thought was for the silent ones who already knew what was happening. Talking up is never easy and sometimes it can come at a high price. In both these cases, it might have cost people their jobs, etc. That might sound like a small price to pay for a child’s safety, but it is also something people have worked hard for and, I’m guessing, at the back of their minds, they must also worry it could all be in vain if no one believed them (or WANTED to believe them).

    Jeni G said:
    December 10, 2014 at 17:45

    This is so sad. Parents should be very mindful and observant on whom they entrust their children. I remember Oprah being abused by a relative and other famous and even few personal friends I know who were also victims of either abuse or harassment. I hope there will be more brave souls who will speak up and rally against this. Shame on that doctor and any male or female who abuses innocent children! Karma is on its way. If not in this lifetime, they’ll still get it on judgement day.

    – Kalikotpepot-

    3xhcch said:
    December 10, 2014 at 23:00

    This is the first time I am hearing about these abuse cases,and it is indeed shocking and sad. Doctors are supposed to be people you can trust and rely on, but these two just broke that. I wonder how the witnesses were able to substantiate their claims, must have been difficult to prove. Was their testimony enough? – Fred

    Eri Votsari said:
    December 10, 2014 at 23:48

    We often forget in what kind of world we all live in. Situations like this we don’t see them in movies but in real life.. It can be at the other part of the world or at the next door…

    Makes me sad that we face these kind of situations but only being sad doesn’t solve anything.. By being informed and inform others about these kind of situations so more and more people will be aware we can make a small movement..

    John Patrick Benliro said:
    December 11, 2014 at 02:22

    I wonder how people still feel not compelled to speak up after knowing such abuse. This has to stop. The kids’ future are being robbed.

    Kelly Chin said:
    December 11, 2014 at 02:37

    now days some people are mentally sick. there are so many abuse cases unreported or the victims choose to hide and remained silence. hope that there will be more channels for these victims to voice out

    Khong Elana said:
    December 11, 2014 at 03:25

    So sick of him. Our current society is so polluted with all this people.

    Tiffany Yong said:
    December 11, 2014 at 04:38

    I don’t understand why do the doctors have to do such stuff when they are supposed to be the angels that people look up to and look for when they need help. It’s bad to betray the trust of people who rely on you! said:
    December 11, 2014 at 05:29

    there are so many cases like this that’ happening all over the world. our society is getting worse and worse

    ommania said:
    December 11, 2014 at 14:17

    That’s a very shocking thing to do. People tend to overlook the possibilities that seemed the most improbable…

    mommeetsmarriage said:
    December 11, 2014 at 14:32

    Our society is getting worse everyday, it seems. So sad.

    Mia Foo said:
    December 11, 2014 at 14:46

    it’s both worrying and depressing to know that our society is truly, slowly degrading and such highly educated people are hiding behind the ‘professional’ mask to hurt the innocents.

    Raymond Vasquez said:
    December 11, 2014 at 15:04

    The twisted mind and principle could get you to cost your license, your life, your profession. This is depressing, but let’s keep being vigilant and be the watchdog ourselves to secure the community. Let’s protect our generation and the next.

    franckxethee said:
    December 11, 2014 at 23:26

    Abuse should be controlled at first sign. When we see cries of victim, we should see why and then report it.

    alissamags said:
    December 12, 2014 at 01:03

    OMG. This is so shocking! It’s sad how patients trust their doctors and then these things happen. He deserves the jail.

    sinyee0504 said:
    December 12, 2014 at 02:03

    Sad to know this. A doctor should help the patient instead of hurt them more!

    Khushboo Motihar (@kbmotihar) said:
    December 12, 2014 at 02:43

    A doctor’s oath binds him to help all patients But this man is terrible!

      mirrorgirl responded:
      December 12, 2014 at 22:06

      One should believe so. Unfortunately, not everyone respects or follow this oath. Let us hope it doesn`t happen again!

    Eliz@MirthandMotivation said:
    December 12, 2014 at 09:22

    What he did is unconscionable. I am still reeling in shock that a trusted doctor would abuse sick children under his charge. What a betrayal of trust. What was he thinking!?

      mirrorgirl responded:
      December 12, 2014 at 22:05

      Good question. I hope people do something next time, it doesn`t help to be silent when you have suspicions. Thank you for the comment:)

    Yuh Jiun said:
    December 12, 2014 at 13:52

    omg this is so sad… how can they do that and he should be punished!

    Loud Thinkin said:
    December 12, 2014 at 14:43

    Shocked to read about this person. He was abusing children who were battling with cancer.. what kind of hard hearted person can do such a thing? Only a devil in disguise of a doctor.

    Vanessa Ally said:
    December 12, 2014 at 19:26

    There are such cases in my country too. A few months ago there was a similar case about the abuse of a kid suffering from autism. I just hope justice serves such villains right.

      mirrorgirl responded:
      December 12, 2014 at 22:02

      That is terrible! It is a tough battle, but worth fighting for!

    Fernando Ceballos Lachica said:
    December 13, 2014 at 10:10

    Numerous accounts of these news are circulating and it gives real image of mankind….craziness of mankind. Well, we cannot erase these totally but we can minimize through our very own help.

      mirrorgirl responded:
      December 13, 2014 at 12:55

      Yes, I think you are right 🙂 Thank you for commenting:)

    Psychopath vs. Sociopath | Mirrorgirl said:
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