October 22, 2021

HJ Talks About Abuse: Interview with John Skull

*Trigger Warning - Podcast contains discussions about abuse and violence*

In this week's episode of the HJ Talks About Abuse podcast, Alan interviews John Skull, the author of "If You Can't Take a Joke..." his memoir of growing-up in the slums of Belfast during the "Troubles" and his progression from Rathgael Training School to a successful career in the Royal Navy.

In spite of being subjected to abuse, violence and having to survive on the streets controlled by soldiers and para-militaries, he adapted and managed to retain a positive outlook on life which served him well.

Alan and John discuss the Northern Ireland redress scheme and John explains how he applied for redress under the scheme, how he has helped survivors apply and why those who have not yet done so, should apply.

The redress scheme is there to compensate those who experienced abuse in residential institutions in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995. Those who qualify receive a compensation award. The process is a simple one, so please contact us for further information.

If you would like to communicate with John about the scheme he would be pleased to be contacted by email: johnskull@hotmail.com.

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