Dear Parish Voice:
Please consider asking a survivor of clerical sexual abuse to address
your parish. As a starting point, read the Hearing
the Stories document that follows this letter.
Hearing the Stories offers two different formats that bring
the voices of survivors into the parish:
1) The PLENARY AGENDA provides a model that allows your individual
parish to address Goal #1 together and to begin the journey of understanding
the plight of survivors of clergy sexual abuse. It also provides
an opportunity for a survivor speaker to explain briefly her/his
experience to your group during a plenary meeting.
2) The SPEAKER SESSION is a stand-alone program devoted entirely
to understanding the issue of sexual abuse by clergy. ("I think
this is a tremendous format for educating the public about the scandal.
Informing people first-hand is so much more powerful than anything
that is seen on the news." John Sacco, The Linkup)
The survivors come to share their painful experiences of sexually
abusive power and betrayal. It is a time of pain, grief and truth.
("Look at me, listen to our stories and let yourself be horrified....
And never let this happen to another child!" Ann Hagan Webb, SNAP)
We know these presentations will be powerful, educational, and
transformative both to the individual and the community as you are
responding to the crisis in the Catholic Church. Please contact
Marge Bean at 781-648-4646 (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Betty McGee at 781-894-0186, or Lynne Pollino at 781-237-7276 if
you are interested in having a speaker come to your meeting or parish.
VOTF Working Group on Survivors' Issues