We’re grateful that Avery’s victim won’t have to endure a trial. We hope all of Avery’s victims will feel comforted, knowing that kids will be safe from him for several years.
At the same time, however, a trial helps reveal often shocking levels of corruption by church officials – information that the public and parishioners need and deserve to know. When clergy sex abuse and cover up cases settle before trial, embarrassing secrets about the Catholic hierarchy remain secret.
We also suspect that Avery sexually assaulted other kids who may still be able to step forward and get help.
Avery won’t be locked up for long. And when he gets out, he’ll still be dangerous. So we urge anyone who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes to step forward now and call law enforcement. This is not the time to be complacent. It’s the time to do all we can to safeguard the vulnerable by helping the police.