Former Priest Admits He “Isn’t Remorseful” for Abusing Children, SNAP Responds

A former priest from Fargo admitted in recently unsealed documents that he isn’t remorseful for sexually abusing children. This admission is a stunningly honest look into the mind of a serial abuser of children and we hope that this news will encourage survivors, witnesses, and whistleblowers to come forward and report their abusers, no matter when the abuse occurred.

The lack of remorse from Martin Cullen shows exactly why it is critical that all dioceses and religious orders post lists of abusers and why every attorney general in the US should be investigating clergy abuse cover-ups: abusers are too often unrepentant and remain dangerous for as long as they have access to children. Especially given that there are thousands of unmonitored abusers around the country, the need for intervention from government officials is critical.

Fortunately, survivors and others with information about abusers can turn to A.G. Wayne Stenehjem, whose office recently opened a hotline and email address for survivors to use when reporting abuse. We encourage anyone with information about abusers in North Dakota to make a call today to the A.G.’s confidential hotline at 1-800-472-2185 or by sending an email to ndag@nd.gov.

Children are safest when abusers are reported and when those reports are investigated by law enforcement. We hope that this news will encourage anyone with information in North Dakota to come forward, make a report, and help protect North Dakota’s communities.

CONTACT: Zach Hiner, 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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