Man Comes Forward to Share His Story of Alleged Sex Abuse at Bergen Catholic High School
July 10, 2017
Walter Slapkowski graduated from Bergen Catholic High School in 1974. But over 40 years after he left, Slapkowski returned Thursday to detail how he was allegedly abused while attending the school.
Slapkowski alleges that Christian Brother Timothy Joseph O'Sullivan took advantage of him during what was supposed to be detention. He says he came forward now because of a $1.9 million settlement in August, after a lawsuit from 21 men accusing staffers of sexual abuse decades ago. Slapkowski is one of the seven other victims who came forward, after the settlement.
Road to Recovery, a non-profit group that provides help to sex abuse victims, backs Slapkowski in his mission to spread awareness and stop the abuses.
"He needs to be stopped," Slapkowski said. "Because I'm sure he's still doing it. This was '71, I was thirteen, I weighed 90-100 pounds. I wish I could go back and discuss it with him."