Sexual abuse survivors' group targets local Catholic church

Sexual abuse survivors' group targets local Catholic church

Keri Blakinger, October 9, 2016, Chron

When Michael Norris was 11, he got a bad case of poison ivy at summer camp - a pretty normal childhood experience.

But that normal experience turned into lasting trauma when a Catholic priest working as a counselor at the all-boys camp invited the Kentucky pre-teen back to his cabin to "treat" the outbreak - and instead molested him, Norris alleges.

 

Now, more than 40 years later, Norris is trying to help today's children avoid a similar fate by spearheading a local awareness campaign targeting Catholic congregations.

Sunday, Norris and other activists with the recently relaunched Houston chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests showed up at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Sunday to tell church-goers about their awareness campaign.

As mass ended just after noon, a trio of SNAP supporters handed out flyers to worshipers leaving the downtown church.

Emblazoned with a SNAP logo, the handouts listed names of 18 clergy members that have been  . . . 

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