Challenged Works

Suffer Little Children

By Dereck O'Brien


1991—This autobiographical account of child abuse in the Mount Cashel orphanage and foster homes in the St. John’s (NF) area was banned in the St. John’s region.

Objection—The provincial government argued that the book should not be sold during the trials of the eight Christian Brothers charged with abusing boys at Mount Cashel.


Update—At first, the province extended the ban pending proceedings against a foster mother’s court appearance in December 1992. The ban was extended even though the government had released the report of the commission that investigated the Mount Cashel affair. However, the book is now available in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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