The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
For immediate release: Monday, August 1, 2011
For more information: David Clohessy, National Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 314 566 9790 cell, [email protected]
Diocese of Monterey Sued For Sexual Abuse
Victims Need To Keep Coming Forward, SNAP Says
The Diocese of Monterey was sued last week over an allegation that a priest, believed to be dead, molested a youngster for 18 months starting in 1966.
The priest, Fr. William Allison, was named in a civil lawsuit filed July 21 by attorney Joseph C. George of Sacramento on behalf of a man identified only as “John Doe.”
Doe first met Fr. Allison as his parish priest and counselor while attending San Carlos school and church in Monterey, CA. Doe was nine years old when the abuse began and occurred in the rectory and on school grounds.
Doe was under the custody and control of the diocese at the time. The lawsuit describes Doe’s devoutly religious upbringing, service as an altar server, and “great admiration, trust, reverence and respect for, and obedience to, Roman Catholic clergy” This special relationship left him vulnerable to Fr. Allison’s abuse.
The abuse suffered by John Doe led to a pattern of psychological and emotional injury up to the present day. He was led to abuse alcohol.
“Our hearts ache for this man. No one should be traumatized the way he has been,” said David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “At the same time, we commend him for his courage in coming forward and showing other victims that when we take action, we begin to heal.”
At the time of the abuse, Fr. Allison had been credibly accused of abuse in Arizona, New Mexico and Louisiana. The Diocese allegedly knew this when hiring Allison and deliberately withheld this information from parishioners.
Allison is believed to be deceased. According to the Official Catholic Directory, he last served as a priest in the Diocese of Alexandria (Louisiana). There is no mention of him past 1989.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests