Sexual abuse still persists fifteen years after Spotlight, attorney and source argues

Sexual abuse still persists fifteen years after Spotlight, attorney and source argues

By Jordan Frias, January 7, 2017, Spare Change News

 

Fifteen years after the Boston Globe’s Spotlight series uncovered the widespread sexual abuse of Catholic priest — and more than a year after it became a highly acclaimed film on the big screen — the issue of priest molesting children still exists throughout Massachusetts and worldwide.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian and members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) held a press conference to shed light on the Catholic church’s lack of transparency and cooperation in dealing with these cases and more recent accusations of abuse.

“Pope Francis is making compassionate statements but it’s not being followed with compassionate activity,” Garabedian, who helped the Globe expose the Catholic church in its 2002 Spotlight reports, told the audience. “Transparency is necessary. The records have to be   . . .

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  • commented 2017-01-09 14:11:06 -0600
    My experience has been that nearly everyone I has spoken with believes that nearly all of this abuse happened in the past and is history. This is certainly the impression that church officials attempt to convey through their official public statements.
    The hierarchy would like their people to believe that things are so much better now and that groups like SNAP should ‘stand down’ because today they have it under control.
    Even if this were true-which it is not-Justice still has not been accomplished for the host of victims whose abusers simply went free. As a victim, I still have to deal with-on a daily basis- the continuing damage that has been inflicted on me and my family. I see no evidence that the system which has spawned these abusers has changed at all.