Child sex victim speaks for 1st time
- Child sex victim speaks for 1st time
- He was molested at prestigious school
- In rare move, he wants “gag order” lifted
- The Catholic monk who abused him is still alive
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, a clergy sex abuse will
--speak publicly for the first time about his experiences,
--disclose his clergy sex crime and cover ups lawsuit against Delbarton School, and
--discuss the settlement of that suit.
He and others will also prod Catholic officials to release him from the “gag order” he signed what that suit was resolved.
Friday, June 29 at 11:30 AM
On the front steps/sidewalk of the Morris County Courthouse, corner of Washington and
Court Streets in Morristown, New Jersey
The victim, his attorney, an advocate and other victims and supporters who belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
In 1988, a Texas man settled his child sex abuse case involving a monk from Saint Mary's Abbey who molested him when he was a fourteen year old Delbarton School student. In 2002, the victim, through his attorney, asked Catholic officials to release him from the confidentiality clause. (He believes that Delbarton violated that clause.) In response, Delbarton officials refused.
Because the monk is still alive, and the victim worries about the safety of other kids and the suffering of other victims, he will publicly ask Catholic officials to rescind the “gag order” that he signed when his suit was resolved.
Also at the event will be Patrick Marker of Washington state, a victims’ advocate who runs a website called UnderTheGreenWave.com
The victim is represented by Phillipsburg attorney Greg Gianforcaro (w) 908-859-2200, (c) 908‐310-4624
Mark Crawford, Director, NJ SNAP, (c) 732‐632-7687, email@example.com
Patrick Marker, victims’ advocate, (c) 973‐722-0719, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Serrano, (w) 571-223-0042, (c) 703-727-4940
SNAP will be Representing Clergy Abuse Survivors in Rome!
We are taking the fight to Rome and are standing up for all survivors on a world stage! From February 19-25, Board President Tim Lennon, Seattle Leader Mary Dispenza, Los Angeles Leader Esther Hatfield Miller and Austin Leader Carol Midboe will be traveling to Rome for Pope Francis' Papal Abuse Summit.
If you are a member of the media and looking to get in touch with these survivors while in Rome, click here for our media advisory and contact information. If you are interested in connecting with a survivor in the US from your area of coverage, please contact one of the SNAP leaders in the US listed below:
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