Abuse Survivor Expresses Disappointment in Diocese Agreement

TWC News

By Matt Jarchow
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — It’s meant to bring healing to victims and prevent future cases of abuse in the Syracuse Catholic Diocese, but one survivor said a new agreement between the Diocese and seven area counties does neither.

“Not at all,” Charles Bailey Jr. said. “Why they didn’t view themselves as mandated reporters is beyond me. Why we had to go to this step to have this happen? I just don’t understand.”

As a child, Bailey faced abuse from a priest. On Wednesday, he listened as Bishop Robert Cunningham called the memorandum of understanding a giant step forward. Bailey said that step won’t come until the names of offenders gets released.

“Their names are forever hidden,” he said. “Which to me does not protect children and protect the public, because if you don’t know the names of the offenders you don’t know who to avoid.”

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