Survivors of clergy abuse gather for vigil, protest

BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) - Survivors of clergy abuse and their supporters gathered in downtown Baltimore ahead of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting that begins Monday.

They came together to announce which candidate they are supporting for the next President of the U.S.C.C.B.

Becky Ianni remembers when she became a victim of clergy abuse.

“He abused me over a period of four years. He became a friend of the family so he would come and have dinner. He went on vacation with us. He bought us our first color television so it was a very grooming process,” she said.

Ianni says she wasn’t his only victim, there were many including her own brother.

“I felt like it was my fault and that I was a bad dirty little girl so I didn’t think about it, and I came across a picture of myself with my perpetrator when I was 48 in 2006 and everything came rushing back,” she said.

Ianni says her abuser committed suicide years earlier, but she went to the church in hopes of an apology.

“I needed them to tell me sorry and that I wasn’t going to hell for telling on a Priest and I didn’t get that. I was kind of treated like a liabili...

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