Victims Talk about Abuse

CD98.9 [Canada]
February 1, 2007

A former Port Dover priest who abused children throughout southwestern Ontario is dead, but the fight to stop sex abuse continues. A hushed room of priests, lay ministers and employees of the Roman Catholic Diocese of London listened yesterday to victims tell their horrific stories of abuse by Charles Sylvestr. Kelly Ann Appleton told a crowd of 300 in London the abuse by a trusted priest scarred her life and lingers with her today. She, and other victims, are taking part in a workshop organized by the diocese to raise awareness surrounding sexual abuse of minors by clergy. Other victims talked of how the abuse overwhelmed their families and tested their faith. Sylvestre, who pleaded guilty to 47 charges of indecent assault, died last week in a Kingston prison hospital


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