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 . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.