Attorney: 83 area clergy members molested kids
May 21, 2019 07:41 PM
ALBANY - Attorney Jeff Anderson has been working on clergy sex abuse cases for more than three decades. He says it was vital for him to release his Anderson Report on Tuesday that identifies 83 priests and religious clerics in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany that he says have sexually abused children over the past six decades.
"We can't wait," Anderson declared. "We've been working to assemble this data. We have to do everything we can today to release this report to have the truth known so kids can be protected."
Mark Lyman was abused by his parish priest decades ago.
"My reason for being here is to protect children and to make sure that what happened to me as a child doesn't happen to another child in New York state."
Jeanne Marron says her nightmare occurred when she was a student at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School in the late 1970s.
"He sexually assaulted, raped, and exploited me through pornographic images for five years," Marron said. "Heinous abuse and I wasn't the only one."
That's what crusaders are counting on, that many more survivors will come forward - and until they're satisfied and full accountability has been reached, they say they won't rest on their laurels.
It is time for children to be protected," said Cynthia LaFave, an Albany attorney working on abuse cases, "It is time for it to all be exposed and for survivors to get help, to bring hope, and to start healing."
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany issued a statement Tuesday afternoon that read:
"We are inspired by their courage in coming forward and grateful for their willingness to bring light to situations that may have been in darkness for too long. Any time we hear survivors recount the horrors of sexual abuse, our hearts ache for them and their families, for childhoods stolen and for futures torn apart. (The Diocese) is committed to justice for those who have been sexually abused by priests and others in whom they put their trust. Our first concern is for the survivors, and we stand ready to accompany them, support them, and assist them."
Updated: May 21, 2019 07:41 PM
Created: May 21, 2019 06:41 PM
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