SNAP Applauds Connecticut Lawmaker who is Suing the Archdiocese of New York over Abuse
A Connecticut legislator is taking church officials in New York to court over abuse he suffered as a child. We applaud this brave survivor for taking this step and providing a highly visible example of survivors standing up for the protection of children.
As a politician who is in the public eye, Connecticut State Senator Gennaro Bizzarro is standing up for victims of abuse in Catholic institutions everywhere. And because Bizzarro was abused by the high school basketball coach at the school he attended – a prolific abuser named Rudy Tremaroli – he is providing yet another example of how abusers at catholic institutions are not limited to just priests.
Church officials consistently attempt to downplay abuse within their schools and churches by refusing to publicly acknowledge and list lay employees, nuns, deacons and others who abuse children but are not priests. Abuse thrives in places that are secretive and put the institution above the victim, and secrecy is too often how church officials respond to cases of sexual violence.
We call on Cardinal Timothy Dolan to finally come clean and to start naming all lay employees, volunteers, order priests nun and all other employees who abused while employed in the New York archdiocese. Only by being as thorough as possible and naming all abusers, not just priests, can church officials in New York truly take steps to protect children and prevent future cases of abuse.
CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director (517-974-9009, firstname.lastname@example.org)
(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)