EXCLUSIVE: Staten Island Catholic orphanage sex abuse victim still feels pain 70 years later
BYMICHAEL O’KEEFFE, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, November 7, 2016
The beating took place 70 years ago, but the pain is still fresh.
When “Don” told the priest who ran St. Michael’s Home for Children on Staten Island that one of his employees had molested him repeatedly over the previous two years, the clergyman gave the boy a lecture about damaging another man’s reputation.
Then he told Don, who asked the Daily News to withhold his last name, to report to the employee who allegedly sexually abused him for his punishment.
“When he (the employee) got a hold of me, he beat me with a paddle that was three inches wide and about one inch thick,” said the 80-year-old Florida resident, his voice quivering as he recalled . . .