Former Bishop in New York Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors

Another U.S. Catholic bishop has been accused of child sexual abuse, this time on Long Island. Today, two women have come forward to accuse Bishop John McGann, formerly of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, of sexually abusing them as children.

Often, the more powerful and prominent a predator is, the harder it is to come forward and report sexual assaults by him. This is even true when the accused is deceased, because victims assume fewer people will believe the accuser.

Yet still, it is critical for these stories and experiences to be shared. When the first victim speaks out, it usually gives strength and encouragement to other victims who may be suffering in silence. We hope the announcement of these allegations today will be helpful to other victims, whether of Bishop McGann or any other religious figure.

We also hope that anyone who can shed light on these charges and on the actions of Bishop John McGann will find the courage to speak up and expose wrongdoers by reporting directly to law enforcement.

Finally, we urge current Rockville Centre officials to aggressively seek out anyone who may have information on this allegation and others on Long Island.

CONTACTZach Hiner, Executive Director (zhiner@snapnetwork.org, 517-974-9009)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)


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