10 States fight back
Ten States are agreeing in bipartisan legislatures to pass new laws to help sexually abused children fight back. According to Jeff Anderson, “On the federal level, we can withhold Federal funds from States that don’t at least temporarily amend their statute of limitations laws. And change the Federal statue of limitations law for sexual crimes against children to be the same as we do for murder, no statute of limitations to apply.”
It’s important for readers to influence their State government representatives, to help them understand the importance of passing legislation temporarily altering statute of limitations ...and, to communicate this to you representatives is Washington D.C., as well.
And, Tom Doyle emphasizes what makes the Catholic Church perpetrators different from all others, is their institution diplomatic immunity, that the Church hides behind ... as they actively conspire to smuggle preps from one unsuspecting community, to another.
Websites that support survivors include: SNAP
Websites that support attorneys and reporters and the public, as well as survivors, include: bishopaccountability.org.
Sexual abuse of children exists. Can people stop it? Yes. Step 1 is speaking out. Step 2 is knowing it hasn’t stopped, it’s still going on today. We want people to know it happened, it’s still happening today, right now. Every 1-4 girls is sexually abused & every 1-6 boys, today. Encourage your State legislators in their ‘window of opportunity statute of limitations extension’, modifying the time limits, allows victims of childhood abuse to sue.
It’s not abuse just by religious authority figures, priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns, brothers, monks & others … there are perps in religious authority in all our religions, where-ever there are adult authority figures, including the Boy Scouts, who had to let go 600 scout leaders, juvenile authority counselors, and even parents. But, the Catholic Church has diplomatic immunity, can’t be forced to help police investigate & actively help perps escape, stays in denial & cover-up.
It’s not a proud state of affairs, for the human race. We need more education to the truth and depth of the problem, and we hope this week has, as horrifying as it as been in its revelations, helped you to see the truth and current state of affairs … so more people believe survivors & help them heal, protect our kids.
This book focuses on the survivors, sexually abused kids who grew up to start a Child Human Rights movement. Today, there is unanimous Bipartisan legislative opportunity is sweeping through one, then two, now ten States.
We’re introducing and looking at all the things victims of sexual abuse, called ‘survivors’, have gone through, being preyed on, broken down, choosing suicide or healing, and fighting back against child abuse, denial and cover-ups in a public-safety crises sweeping America in an ongoing child abuse epidemic that effects each of us and everyone we know. We’ll also be looking through a library listing thousands of predator priests in our neighborhoods & intentional, premeditated cover-ups by the Catholic Church to hide them.
We’ll also be interviewng representatives of a national support network formed by survivors with hundreds of meetings weekly in every State, that helps people heal and join together to protect our kids, called: Snap -- a survivors network for people molested by predator priests.
One common element and theme that surfaces in this book, is that children raped by priests and nuns commonly blame themselves. “I thought it was my fault. I wanted to kill myself. It took my whole life to recover, my whole life to come forward. Then, nobody believed me.”
Being abused is feeling helplessness, horror, terror and dread. Not being believed creates despair. For survivors, proving it happened is a part of healing, and raises self-esteem. For survivors, helping protect children from predators, in effect, saving others from physical and psychological pain and destroyed lives, give them happiness.
As a chronicle of stories of empowerment and salvation, this book includes a variety of experiences characterized by the defeat and destruction of a child’s spirit by predators: sexual abuse conspiracy by priests who sexually abuse children and share their victim; first-hand accounts by victim and counselors’ second-hand accounts of victims who’ve dropped off the radar screen and are no longer heard from; priest sex abuse rings and ringleaders; diocese & Vatican cover-ups and conspiracies, transferring priests from one unsuspecting parish to another, from one State and country to another in conspiratorial fashion to avoid criminal prosecution; using bogus hospital programs to shelter perps; the Church systematically hiding records from police by putting records under diplomatic immunity at the ‘Papal Nuncio’ in Washington D.C., or exporting records to Rome; bogus treatment centers, landmark settlements; legislation that is the beginning of a Child Human Rights movement approved in California & Delaware legislatures, recently passed again in the Senate in Colorado and the Ohio legislatures and is now gaining bi-partisan support in ten States.
The Solution ~ Currently some States have already modified ...and some States are in the process of modifying, their statutes-of-limitations laws ... allowing victims who were sexually abused as kids, giving them a ‘window of opportunity’ for legal redress.
We have hundreds, if not thousands, of personal stories to tell – many, as you’ll see in this book, are uniquely disquieting.
Catholics particularly, and the general public, the legislatures, priests and nuns need to go to the next level of debate, that ...
(1) sexual abuse of kids by priests & nuns is NOT just ‘inappropriate touching’, and
(2) we can help get victims legal redress and help take an active part to protect kids today and in future generations – by being informed of what’s really going on.
Teresa White warned she’ll break out in hives, as she begins telling her tale in Rebecca Randles’ office, red blotches emerge around her neck.
Randles is typing as quietly as she can on a laptop computer, hoping her note-taking will not intrude as White describes experiences that remain vivid in her mind, despite the passing of more than twenty years.
Teresa remembers she was 17 18 years old and engaged to be married. Her fiancé was Catholic, her mother wanted a big church wedding, so White agreed to sign up for catechism classes at the St. Mary parish in Independence. From the start, she found the Rev. Francis McGlynn’s questions, conducted in private evening sessions, odd.
Reached at his home, McGlynn declined to comment on the lawsuits.
McGlynn, White says, seized on the idea that the young woman was not close to her father, who was busy running a restaurant. “He said, I can be the father to you you never had,” White recalls.
As meetings continued, McGlynn got physical. It started with embraces as she arrived for each session, but then he began giving her hugs as she left, too. “When he was hugging me, he was touching my bottom. He was touching my breasts,” she says.
At first, she convinced herself that the contact was accidental. But as McGlynn’s fondling became more brazen, she knew that wasn’t the case. Blaming herself, she began wearing layers of baggy clothes and no makeup to her appointments.
“I thought it would protect me.”
During White's first confession, McGlynn's questions drilled into her sex life. “I had to answer all of his questions, or I wouldn’t be forgiven,” she says. “From that point on, there wasn't any talking about religion. It was all sex.”
Was she a virgin? Who had she had sex with? Were her legs really so long that they stuck out the car window? Did she make noise? Was there squirming? Did he do most of the moving? Did she?
McGlynn, meanwhile, spoke about the girls at the parish school. “They want me. They want to see my penis. They’re curious about me for sex,” she remembers him saying.
White says she turned down McGlynn’s invitations to come to his room and that she wanted the sessions to stop. But she couldn’t convince her fiancé to elope, and she couldn’t think of another way to end the classes.
At a later session, McGlynn told White he was worried about her ability to have children. “He thought I was too small to have a baby,” she says. “He said there was something he needed to do. He ordered me to come around the desk. I couldn't move. He kept ordering me and ordering me.
“He said first he had to measure me with his finger, then he had to measure me with his fist.”
On what was to be their final night, McGlynn invited White into the sanctuary. He told her he had something to show her. The room was dark except for a small light at the altar. McGlynn blessed himself and led White to the last booth of the confessional. “He told me to be quiet.... Be quiet and just look in there.”
As White leaned into the wooden booth, McGlynn grabbed her. He pressed his mouth over hers and groped for her crotch. “I couldn't breathe. I couldn’t move. I couldn't scream,” White says. “I panicked in that small place. I pushed him as hard as I could.” McGlynn fell out, catching himself on the back of a pew.
White ran outside and thought the priest was chasing her. “I was shaking so bad I couldn’t push in the clutch of the car.”
Mother Superior Court: the Kansas City Catholic Diocese finds itself fighting a slew of new lawsuits over abuse of parishioners all filed by one determined lawyer, by Kendrick Blackwood, The Pitch, Kansas City, October 16, 2003.