A Survivor’s Response to the Milwaukee Archdiocese Scandal

Christian Newswire

Contact: Twila Belk, 563-332-1622, twilabelk@mchsi.com

ATLANTA, Feb. 2, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — A statement from veteran author and abuse survivor Cecil Murphey:

Minutes ago I read about the latest scandal. The Catholic Diocese of Milwaukee may have to file for bankruptcy because 550 young men have filed claims of abuse against the clergy.

Most of the article was about money — paying the victims and draining the treasury. But I read nothing about the shattered, broken lives of those 550 men.

And only 550 individuals have made claims — which implies there are probably at least that many who don’t have the courage to speak up.

I admire those 550 and how difficult it must have been for them to say, “I was molested.” Male sexual abuse is probably the most under-reported crime in the world. Like women reporting rape two decades ago, the survivors often become victimized again through publicity and often charges of lying.

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