New Lawsuit Filed in British Columbia, SNAP Applauds Victim for Coming Forward
A new lawsuit has been filed alleging child sexual abuse and cover-up in the Archdiocese of Vancouver and now we call on Catholic officials to do immediate outreach to find other victims and encourage them to come forward and get help.
According to the lawsuit, John Doe was only 6 years old when he was first sexually abused in the mid-1970s by a priest, Father John Kilty, and schoolteacher, Raymond Clavin. The lawsuit details textbook grooming behavior by both Fr. Kilty and Mr. Clavin as both men ingratiated themselves into the victim’s life and, in the case of Mr. Clavin, into the victim’s family. The behavior described by these men is typical for child molesters and the “a culture and system of entrenched clericalism that enabled perpetrators of sexual abuse to continue to commit their grievous crimes” as described in the lawsuit is similar to criticisms of the Church in the United States, Australia, England and elsewhere. Truly, the scope of sexual abuse is worldwide and the playbook appears to be the same in every country in which the Catholic Church operates.
Our hearts ache for this man and the years of suffering he has experienced and we applaud him for coming forward today. Sharing his story could be the catalyst to bring other still-suffering victims forward and lead them to get help and expose other hidden predators and enablers. Now that this lawsuit has been filed, we call on Archbishop Michael Miller to take immediate steps to publicize the allegations and personally visit each location where Fr. Kilty and Mr. Clavin worked, encouraging other victims and witnesses to come forward, file reports with the police, and find avenues for healing.
CONTACT: Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director (517-974-9009, [email protected])
(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)