Catholic High School and Religious Order Sued Over Allegations of Sexual Abuse, SNAP Applauds Survivor and Urges Outreach

A new clergy sexual abuse and cover-up lawsuit has been filed against a Catholic high school in Oregon and the religious order that ran and staffed the school. We applaud the brave survivor in this case for coming forward and hope his example will inspire others who may have been hurt at the school to speak out and make a report to police and prosecutors.

According to the lawsuit, Brother Robert Ryan of the Marist Brothers sexually abused the plaintiff while Brother Ryan was a vice-principal at Marist Catholic High School in Eugene, OR. The abuse lasted for multiple years and took place on the school campus and on trips, according to the complaint. Given the brazen nature of the abuse, alongside Brother Ryan’s high position of authority in the school, we feel there may be more victims who have been scared into silence and have yet to come forward. We applaud the survivor in this case for sharing his story publicly and hope that it inspires others who were hurt to speak out and get help.

Brother Ryan, who passed away in 2017, is memorialized on the school website. Now that this lawsuit has been filed, we hope that school officials will remove the page honoring him as it sends a message to all victims that they are unlikely to be believed and should stay silent. Catholic officials should remove the page and use every resource at their disposal to ensure parents, students, and alumni are informed of the allegations and that anyone with information is encouraged to come forward and make a report to law enforcement.

CONTACT: Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director (zhiner@snapnetwork.org, 517-974-9009)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)


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  • Alexandra White
    published this page in Media Statements 2020-11-02 11:42:41 -0600

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