Abuse Victim to Speak at VOTF

The Reading Advocate [Winchester MA]
November 4, 2004

On Monday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m., the Winchester Area Voice of the Faithful welcomes Gary Bergeron to its weekly Monday night meeting at St. Eulalia's Church, 50 Ridge St., Winchester. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend.

Gary Bergeon is the author of "Don't Call Me a Victim: Faith, Hope & Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church". Bergeon was one of the founding members of the group "Survivors of Joe Birmingham" which was one of the only support groups formed for male survivors of clergy sexual abuse. In March 2003, Bergeon, along with his father, traveled to the Vatican in an attempt to meet with Pope John Paul II. After securing a meeting with several Vatican officials, they met with the Vatican Secretary of State and became the first survivors of clergy abuse to be officially recognized by the Vatican. On April 7, 2004, exactly two years to the day after he first publicly spoke of his abuse, Gary founded The T.R.U.S.T. Foundation, a non profit foundation established to aid survivors in Treatment, Recovery & Understanding Sexual Trauma. Bergeron has appeared on both televised and radio talk shows in the US and abroad, telling his story in hopes of protecting future generations.


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