I Was Abused . . . and 25 Years Later I'm Still Trying to Make Things Right

By John Salveson '77, '78M.A.

Almost 30 of us were at that March meeting in New Jersey. We were sharing our experiences as survivors of clergy abuse and discussing ways we could work together to help the victims of that abuse.

The Attorney General of New Jersey and the Executive Director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Child and Youth Protection were there to listen. The five bishops who lead the five dioceses that make up New Jersey also were invited. None of them showed up. The absence of the bishops led me to reflect on how little has changed with the Roman Catholic Church since the clergy abuse scandal erupted just over a year ago.…

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