I could have never imagined that my biggest secret, the story of my abuse by a priest, would become national news. I had clawed my way back to the Church, even founding and operating an extremely traditional Catholic store for nearly seven years. My husband and I defended the Church and her priests. I thought my abuse was some isolated case, that I was just a weirdo. It turns out that couldn't be further from the truth. I was not alone.....and neither are you.
My fifteen-year-old self in the photos that many of you recognize from the news did not have a voice, I was silenced by my abuser and the Catholic Church. Now despite my introversion and anxiety, I am learning to embrace the fact that I have been given an opportunity that most other victims of clergy sexual abuse will never have. Whether you are a victim, the spouse, friend or loved one of a victim, I want you to know that you are not alone. I believe you, you are loved, your story matters, and I will continue to speak for you for as long as I can.
I continue to share my story in the hope that fellow victims will find comfort in knowing that they are not alone. I also share my story to help those who are grappling with the abuse crisis in the Church. It is my hope that by sharing the truth, we will find better ways to help each other cope and to prevent this abuse from continuing so freely unchecked in the Catholic Church.
If you are interested, the following news and blog pieces help to tell my story. Simply click on the photos to be taken to the links.