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Connecticut Sexual Abuse Law Blog

Bridgeport diocese haunted by past abuse

BRIDGEPORT - In 2001, the Rev. Robert Morrissey, then-pastor of St. Mary's Church in Ridgefield, angrily denounced from the pulpit the growing sexual abuse scandal, calling it a witch hunt and saying he knew of no priests who had abused children.

One year later, he was forced to resign after being confronted with allegations he had molested a 15-year-old boy in the late 1970s.

Diocese, Holy Cross fight to keep abuse documents secret in 'spotlight' case

BRIDGEPORT - Lawyers for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport and the international Congregation of Holy Cross urged a judge Thursday not to make public hundreds of documents detailing how priest abuse was handled by bishops Edward Egan and William Lori.

"If there is a letter to the diocese that we heard father so-and-so had done this thing and this information, if it were made public, would taint this priest," Diocese lawyer Ernest J. Mattei told Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis.

It's been more than 10 years since the diocese paid more than $15 million to more than two dozen people who claimed they were abused by priests when they were children. And then there was the award-winning movie "Spotlight," about the abuse cases in Boston that many thought had closed the door on the whole abuse scandal.

A 400-page report describes the 'private hell' and sexual abuse that at least 51 students suffered through at an elite New England prep school

A report released by an independent investigator on Thursday details the widespread sexual abuse that students at St. George's School, an elite prep school in Rhode Island, suffered through during the 1970s and '80s, The New York Times reported. 

Abuse Victims Sometimes Face Retaliation Instead of Sympathy

The Boston Globe has been writing about victims of sexual abuse and the struggles that they can face. The article below talks about sex abuse victims at private schools and the way they can be perceived or treated. The article features schools throughout Connecticut including those in Connecticut. The article also points out the following:

Documents: Joe Paterno ignored boy's Jerry Sandusky complaint in 1976 - Hartford Courant

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, told by a teenage boy in 1976 that assistant coach Jerry Sandusky molested him in a shower, responded that he didn't want to hear about it and had "a football season to worry about," according to court documents unsealed Tuesday.

Father Arthur Perrault of diocese of Hartford

The Reverend Arthur Perrault was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford in May of 1964. Although many priests will serve for years in a parish assignment, the first four assignments of Father Perrault lasted only a few months each. In 1965 he was transferred to a residential treatment facility in New Mexico where he then took up residence. This finely written article documents what happened thereafter to the children of New Mexico.

Connecticut Private Schools on Boston Globe Private School Sex Abuse List

The Boston Globe published an article in regards to sexual abuse at many prominent private schools. The list included 67 private New England schools and 16 Connecticut schools including Choate, Notre Dame, Fairfield, St. Joseph's, Shelton, Assumption Catholic School, Fairfield. To read more click here

The Illusion of Justice for Abuse Victims

This past weekend in the Washington Post an Op Ed was written about former House Speaker Hastert being sentenced for sexual abuse of a boy he was coaching years prior. The abuse was revealed when a banker found odd transactions out of Hastert's bank account and it was found to be "hush money". The article not only touches on the case, but the psychology of the perpetrator. The article states "Child molesters are a patient lot. A 2015 study on offenders in youth organizations found that more than half joined specifically to gain access to children. In no rush to achieve their goal, they are willing to spend months working their way into the fabric of a child's life. Constantly proving "nice-guyness" is essential to abusers." It also tells of the agony of victims and why it is important to have a longer statute of limitations for victims to come forward. The statute not only helps victims, but also stops perpetrators as they can go on for decades. To read more click here.