Clergy Abuse Victim Publishes Book
Some Proceeds to Go to Survivor Programs [Boston MA]
September 10, 2004

BOSTON -- One of the most vocal victims in Boston's clergy sex abuse crisis has published a book about the scandal.

"Don't Call Me A Victim: A Personal Story of Faith, Hope & Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church," was released Thursday by Arc Angel Publishing, a company started by the book's author, Gary Bergeron.

"If one survivor reads it and finds comfort in it, I've done what I set out to do," Bergeron said.

Bergeron, of Lowell, Mass., became a spokesmen for victims in 2002, when he went public with his own abuse by the late Rev. Joseph Birmingham in the 1970s.

Last year, Bergeron, 42, and his 77-year-old father, also a clergy abuse victim, traveled to Rome and met with the Vatican's secretary of state.

In March, Bergeron founded a nonprofit foundation formed to help adult survivors of sexual abuse in recovery and treatment.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will be donated to survivor support programs throughout the country.

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