Sex Abuse Victims Protest at St. Edwards School

By Nathan Wright
Dana Point Times
March 13, 2009,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=713&cntnt01dateformat=%25B%20%25d%2C%20%25Y&cntnt01returnid=51

Five members of Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests protested outside St. Edward the Confessor School in Dana Point on March 9, handing leaflets to parents picking their children up from school. The protestors—included three victims, a parent of a victim and a supporter—spoke out against “five known predators [who] have worked at this school.”

“Hopefully, school and diocese officials have informed you about the fifth known sex abuse lawsuit against Denis Lyons that settled last week,” says the leaflet. “Lyons served at St. Edwards until 2002, and we believe there may be many more victims who are recent graduates of or who still attend St. Edwards.”

The protestors,who were not abused at St. Edwards, stood outside the school’s parking lot and handed yellow leaflets to parents driving by. The group was asked to leave by a school employee and was later questioned by a school official and an Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputy.

“It’s been a long haul and we’re not going away,” said Esther Miller, a victim who said she was part of the $100 million settlement against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange in 2005. “There’s still work to be done.”

Middle school dean Tim Quinn asked the protestors if “there was a better way” they could be giving out information, and told the five women that they were upsetting parents.

The group said they will continue to inform the community of sexual abuse in hopes of identifying victims who haven’t come forward and to protect children from future abuse. Miller said many parents don’t know about the cases against the church, something she hopes to change. “Many people aren’t going to be googling it on their own,” she said.


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