Victims of priest sexual abuse to Matt Flynn: Get out of the race

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

July 24, 2018

By Patrick Marley and Mary Spicuzza

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse by priests angrily rejected claims Tuesday from Democratic candidate for governor Matt Flynn that people trying to push him out of the race are part of a “victimology elite.”

Peter Isely, the former Midwest director for the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, scoffed at the idea that elites were the ones trying to get Flynn out of the race because of his work as a lawyer for the Milwaukee Archdiocese.

“That’s quite an elite group of people,” Isely said as he pointed to photographs of children who were sexually abused by priests.

“I can tell you right now, because I’m one of them. Being raped and sexually assaulted as a child — that’s no elite group that anyone, anyone’s ever going to want to belong to.”

Isely made his comments at a Milwaukee news conference a day after Flynn — one of eight Democrats hoping to take on GOP Gov. Scott Walker — held a 45-minute conference call with reporters to defend his work for the archdiocese. At times, Flynn drifted from talking about that work to complain about those who opposed him.

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