Historical sex abuse campaigner dies of cancer just weeks after deathbed appeal

Margaret McGuckin with Kincora survivor Clint Massey who died this week.

A VICTIM of childhood sex abuse, who pleaded from his deathbed for politicians to speed up compensation for victims, has died of cancer aged 60.

Clint Massey had been a resident of the Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast where he was repeatedly sexually abused at the age of 16.

Mr Massey had previously given evidence to the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry into the abuse of children in church and state care.

In January, suffering from lung and brain cancer, he begged for compensation to be paid to victims, many of who are living in dire poverty.

"I was dealt a bad hand at first, but nobody deserves to be dealt two bad hands," he said.

He died in Dundonald hospital where he had been admitted at the weekend after suffering from an infection.

The HIA Inquiry, chaired by retired judge Sir Anthony Hart, delivered its findings in January 2017 just days after the collapse of the Stormont executive, leaving victims with no timescale for when they would receive redress.

Sir Anthony recommended a number of measures, including compensation, paid partly by the Northern Ireland executive, and partly by the religious orders who ran the children's homes.

Since the findings were delivered last year eight of the victims who gave evidence have died.

Among them was Billy McConville, a son of Jean McConville, one of the so-called Disappeared. He had been abused after being taken into care with his brothers and sisters when his mother was abducted and murdered by the IRA in 1972.

Speaking to the Irish News just weeks before his death in July last year, he called on politicians to get around the table and help those like him who were in chronic need.

Margaret McGuckin of the Savia support group described Clint Massey as "a brave and inspirational man".

"Despite his own awful abuse he was always thinking of others, in speaking out he gave other victims the strength to tell their story.

"We will all miss him dreadfully", she added.

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