Women who claim to have been victims of sex abuse by Catholic priests begin hunger strike

By Hubert Wiggins
November 28, 2016

CAPITAL REGION -- Two women who claim they were once abused by employees of the Catholic Diocese of Albany marched on the sidewalk outside the headquarters of the Catholic Diocese of Albany on Monday. The women, who asked that their names not be published, are requesting to meet with Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger.

“I was molested, I was abused as a kid at a suburban parish in Albany County. I reported that to the Diocese about five years ago,” one woman said.

That woman provided her first name to CBS 6 so that we could ask the Diocese about what if any communication she has had with the Church regarding her abuse allegation. Mary DeTurris Poust, director of Communications for the Diocese of Albany, sent this statement to CBS 6: “The Diocese knows this individual well and is in possession of voluminous correspondence spanning several years. She reached out to us in the past regarding unsubstantiated allegations of abuse, and the Diocese provided her with support at that time, as we do for all individuals who bring forward allegations of sexual abuse. If this individual has additional information beyond what she previously provided to the Diocese, we would be happy to arrange a meeting with the Victim Assistance Coordinator as a first step.”

The two women plan to walk the sidewalk outside the Diocesan headquarters every day from 3 to 6 p.m. until Bishop Scharfenberger agrees to meet with them. “The suffering is so humongous, every day, every hour, and they don’t seem to care,” one of the women said.


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