Millstone Memorial, the nation’s first memorial in remembrance of clergy sex abuse survivors which was destroyed by a vandal for the second time in less than two years. PAVE Founder Angela Rose spoke at the rededication ceremony.
Travesty of Justice for Clergy Sexual Abuse Victims
Last Sunday in Mendham, NJ, I was a guest speaker at the rededication of the nation’s first memorial in remembrance of clergy sex abuse survivors, which was destroyed by a vandal for the second time in less than two years. The rededication ceremony was held in front of the damaged memorial outside of St Joseph’s Church, where former pastor James T. Hanley (who since has been defrocked) sexually abused more than sixty boys in the rectory.
How many news reports have you seen and heard of sexual abuse by priests? Countless. It has become practically normalized because it is so frequent. It needs to stop—and we as a nation need to come together with a unified voice to take stand.
We need to raise our voices in protest for the cover-ups, the victim blame, and the failure to protect our nation’s youth.
Now is the time. Sandusky, Catholic sexual abuse scandals, Steubenville: it is time for this nation to stand in solidarity to support sexual assault survivors and say, “No More.”
The time is NOW to stand together and be the voice for everyone who has been silenced by sexual violence.