Sex abuse survivors react after Washington Archdiocese releases name of abusive priests

By Janice Park, October 16, 2018, WUSA9

WASHINGTON -- The Archdiocese of Washington released a list Monday of 31 priests. It names priests involved in cases with credible accusations of abuse.

David Fortwengler says he was only 11 when the abuse happened.

Fortwengler keeps newspaper clippings in his car. Like scars, they are physical reminders of his painful past.

"During the criminal case more info came out, that he had horribly raped two brothers in 1966," said Fortwengler.

Fortwengler's abuser, Robert Petrella was eventually convicted of molesting David and another boy in the 60's, while they were both alter boys at an Oxon Hill, Maryland church.

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  • Richard Kensinger, MSW
    commented 2018-10-18 14:21:47 -0500
    I reside in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese and I have divorced the Church. I now know of 6 men in my area who were repeatedly sexually assaulted by clergy. In this diocese alone 46 clergy are found to have committed these horrendous crimes; only one was incarcerated for only 2 years? So I presume the Washington Diocese is not revealing their extensive crimes by many perpetrators.
    Rich, MSW

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