Child Abuse Victims of Two Newark Archdiocese Priests to Go Public at Noon Today, Friday, Mar 18

Voice from the Desert
March 17, 2011

Child abuse victims of two Newark Archdiocesan priests to go public

Victims want their abusers held accountable and, in one case, removed from ministry


Two men who claim to have been sexually abused, one of whose stories was rejected by the Archdiocese of Newark two years ago, will present their stories and those of two other victims in a lawsuit that has been filed in New Jersey Superior Court. The charges are leveled against at least two priests, religious brothers, an Archdiocese, and a religious order of men.


Friday, March 18, 2011 at Noon.


In front of Saint Philomena’s Roman Catholic Church, 386 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey 07039 – (973) 992-0994


The victims’ advocate and pastoral counselor from Road to Recovery, Inc., as well as members of Road to Recovery’s survivors’ group and members of a survivor support group known as SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests). The group will hold signs and photos of themselves as youngsters.


Two years ago, a courageous sexual abuse victim of Monsignor John Laferrera and Father Thomas Smith reported his abuse to the Archdiocese of Newark. He was summarily dismissed as being not credible by Archbishop John Myers after a so-called investigation was conducted.

Since then, many men have come forward to corroborate the story of the first victim and two of those victims will speak about their abuse by Monsignor Laferrera and/or Father Smith. The sexual abuse took place at Immaculate Conception Parish in Newark, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Newark, at the New Jersey shore home of one of the abusers, and elsewhere.

Contact: Rev. Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Co-founder and President, Road to Recovery, Inc. 862-368-2800


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