Survivors Of Catholic Sex Abuse Move To Out 'Predator Priest'

October 12, 2018, Bay City News Service, SF Gate

OAKLAND (BCN) -- Survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church, alongside a former member of the clergy, held a news conference this afternoon outside the Oakland Diocese to "out" who one survivor says is a "predator priest." 

Joey Piscitelli, Northern California leader for Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said he was repeatedly molested by Father Stephen Whelan in 1969 and 1970 - when Piscitelli was just 14. 

Piscitelli says discussing his experience is traumatic, but he also finds it therapeutic, and hopes that his advocacy can reduce the likelihood of others from being victimized by the church. 

"If I can just save one kid," Piscitelli said. 

He said he organized today's news conference after learning that Whelan has been assigned to work for the Institute of Salesian Studies at Don Bosco Hall in Berkeley.

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