Clergy Sex Abuse Affected Man's Life

By Alaina Anderson
October 25, 2007

A Savannah priest sentenced to ten years in prison for sexually abusing two young boys is up for parole next year. Now one group is working to make sure he stays behind bars.

Father Wayland Brown pleaded guilty in 2003 to the crime. It happened in Maryland during the 1970s when Brown was a seminary student in Washington, DC. Years later from 1987 to 1988, Brown served as Associate Pastor at Saint James Catholic Church in Savannah.

Thursday, members of SNAP Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests met near the church. Victims and their families came forward to speak out in the hopes of helping others avoid what they went through.

"The church will say, well we always ask victims to come forward. But that's not good enough. They're afraid to come. They don't trust the church. You've got to build back that care and concern and compassion and credibility and you've got to help these parents know that this occurred," says Ann Brentwood, SNAP's Southeast Director.


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