Priest abuse victim speaks out
At just 12 years old, Tim Lennon says he was raped by Father Peter Murphey after the priest joined the Blessed Sacrament parish in 1960.
"That sadness, or depression, anger, they don't leave," said Lennon.
Lennon, who's lived in California for years, was one of 12 in an Irish-Catholic family. His sister Cathy Frisch who lives in Dakota Dunes, says there was always something "different" about her brother compared to other kids.
"I do see some things that he went through in high school," said Frish. "He's pretty reclusive at times. It wasn't that he didn't have friends; he did go out, but it just didn't seem like he was happy."
Lennon believes it was his twin daughters turning 12 a few years ago, the same age he says he was molested that the memories started resurfacing, long after Father Murphy passed away in 1980. It was through newspaper ads Lennon . . .
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.
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