Cheverus victims seek the justice they never received

BY ERIC RUSSELL, December 17, 2017, 

At Cheverus, they were taught moral responsibility, but victims of alleged abuse by a former teacher say they're still waiting for the school and the Jesuit community to practice what they preach.

When Michael Sweatt looked at his son’s schedule and saw the familiar name of a teacher, he went to the school and demanded his son be removed from that class.

Cheverus officials balked at first, he said, until Sweatt revealed that the teacher, Charles Malia, abused him back in the mid-1970s.

Sweatt said the response from the school’s then-president, John Mullen, was, “Why would you enroll your son here?”

“My response was: Because I know where the pedophile is in the building,” Sweatt said. “I don’t know where he is at Deering or Portland.”

Since that day in 1997, a dozen former Cheverus students have . . . 

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  • John Nesbella
    commented 2017-12-19 08:42:37 -0600
    “The school – founded on the Jesuit principles of justice and conscience – said it has compassion for all victims, it still has not addressed a simple question: Does Cheverus have a moral obligation to compensate victims of abuse even though it’s not legally required to do so?”

    This is the moral question!
    The entire Roman Catholic system has answered by its failure to offer help to survivors. My diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has hundreds of survivors in this boat. The church rigged the system and played the victims until the SOL expired and then the church washed their hands and said ‘its all in the past.’

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