Priest Abuse Survivors Rally

February 11, 2013

On the day Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation effective February 28, a small group called Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) held a news conference outside the Richmond Catholic Diocese headquarters alleging that church officials in five states concealed child abuse allegatiions surrounding a priest who worked in Norfolk, and asking the diocese to determine whether there were any victims in Virginia.

The late Franciscan Brother Stephen Baker was assigned to the James Barry Robinson High School and Home for Boys in Norfolk in the 1970s. The High School closed in 1977 and became a treatment center for emotionally disturbed children.

Baker, 62, killed himself in January at a monastery in Pennsylvania, just as 11 settlements were being announced in allegations of child sex abuse in Ohio and Pennsylvania.








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