|" I Was Deceived by the Archdiocese of Denver"
By Frank Douglas
Voice from the Desert [Colorado]
April 16, 2007
Here are April 16, 2007, press releases by John Doe 10, by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and Jeb Barrett, Denver SNAP Leader
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Statement of John Doe 10 – April 16, 2007
I take this action today not because I want to but because I have to in order to make sure that other children don't have to go through what I did.
I was sexually molested by Father Tim Evans when I was a child. Father Tim came into my life because of my family's faith in the Church. At first Father Tim was great to me. He talked to me and listened to my concerns. He tried to get me to do the right things. I looked up to and respected Father Tim a great deal. My parents were happy that I had such a great role model like a priest.
Father Tim began to counsel me at this time. He told me numerous times that I was incapable of loving. I didn't know it at the time but Father Tim had already started grooming me. Father Tim gave me alcohol and cigarettes. Throughout this time Father Tim was breaking me down. He would often wrestle with me, touch me and caress me. Father Tim also talked about things of a sexual nature. He once told me that the only way that I would be able to love someone was if I would lie naked with him and masturbate. Eventually Father Tim sexually touched me numerous times, including touching my genitals.
I was confused and didn't know why Father Tim was doing this to me.
Father Tim was recently convicted of molesting many children in Colorado . Through the course of the criminal process I learned that the Father Tim wasn't the only one responsible for the abuse, but that the Archdiocese of Denver was also responsible.
I am taking action today because I was deceived by the Archdiocese of Denver. I went to the Archdiocese to report Father Tim. I asked whether I should have an attorney when I met with the Archdiocese. They told me that I shouldn't have an attorney and that the Archdiocese doesn't bring attorneys to these meetings so they encourage victims not to bring attorneys. When I got to the meeting with the Archdiocese, Nancy Wailer introduced everyone there. Nancy told me that one of the people was an attorney. I questioned why an attorney was present when I was told there would be none and I was told not to bring one. Nancy also told me at this point that she was an attorney. Both of them said that they were not acting on a legal behalf during the meeting. I found out during the criminal trial that the other attorney at that meeting was Charles Goldberg, the attorney for Archbishop Chaput and the Archdiocese.
The Archdiocese told me that what Father Tim did was not a crime but they were still going to report it. The Archdiocese never told me that they had other reports of Evans molesting children, even though it came out in the criminal trial that they did have other reports before I reported Evans.
I don't want any other children to be abused, but also don't want any other children to be mistreated like I was by the Archdiocese and Archbishop Chaput. I feel that they should be accountable for their actions just like anyone else.
I ask all of those other people that are out there who were harmed by Father Tim, the Archdiocese, or other perpetrators to come forward to law enforcement so that this does not happen again.
For more information
David Clohessy of St. Louis , SNAP national director 314-566-9790
Mary Grant of Long Beach , SNAP western regional director 626-41 9-2030
Today's victim is represented by St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson (65 1 227 9990) and Denver attorney Thomas L. Roberts (303 575 9390).http://www.bishop-accountability. org/news2006IO3 04/2006 03 14 Frazier FormerFort.htm
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For immediate release: Monday, April 16, 2007
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell)
Just recently, even though Fr. Evans was suspended four or five years ago, Archbishop Chaput visited one of his former parishes. He should have done this years ago, not to one parish, but to all the parishes where Evans worked.
As best we can tell from media coverage, the archbishop didn't urge victims and witnesses to come forward to law enforcement. That step - helping police and prosecutors convict and jail a child molester - should have been Chaput's top priority. Chaput continues to do the bare minimum - suspending a credibly accused child molesting priest - and claiming he's doing a lot about abusive priests.
Kids are safer because Evans has been convicted. Kids are at risk, however, because Evans' supervisors are largely still in place. We hope others who were molested by Evans have the strength to come forward, get help, start healing, take legal action, and expose church employees who knew of or suspected abuse yet kept silent.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We've been around for 17 years and have more than 7,000 members across the country. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688), Mary Grant (626-419-2930)
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STATEMENT by Jeb Barrett, Denver SNAP Leader – 720-222-2412
This past month was a hopeful month for all victims of sexual abuse by persons in authority in Colorado. Because it will help keep kids safe, members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org) are grateful for the criminal convictions of Timothy Evans in Larimer and Jefferson Counties . We are also grateful to the brave survivors have had the courage and integrity to come forward, and the wisdom to report to police as well as church officials.
We hope this finding and the filing today of the civil suit against Timothy J. Evans and the Archdiocese of Denver will begin to bring healing and hope to all of Evans' victims. Knowing they and their families will still face a long, hard road of recovery from the trauma of abuse, we wish them the very best and offer our support. Our unsolicited advice to all victims of clergy abuse is to stay in therapy, recovery programs and support groups, and to realize that no one event, even a criminal conviction, can magically reverse or end years of deep pain.
We also know that if children are to be even safer, it is crucial that others with information or suspicions about crimes by Evans or other priests come forward and call law enforcement. This includes asking Colorado Bishops and the Archbishop to finally open up personnel records, which will show how they have covered up and moved clergy from assignment to assignment without informing their congregations, Colorado residents and law enforcement of allegations.
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