Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Road to Recovery. (Reader Forum)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Road to Recovery. (Reader Forum)

Article excerpt

I was moved and inspired by John Gallagher's article about gay survivors of clergy sexual abuse ["Among the Abused," June 25]. The men and women Gallagher interviewed deserve our gratitude and praise. Through their courage, I hope that others who have been victimized by clerics will gain the strength to break their silence, step forward, and get the help they need and deserve.

David Clohessy, director Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, St. Louis, Mo.

I too am a gay man who was a victim of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy when I was a teenager. My molester wasn't Catholic but Mormon. When I notified church officials, their response was that my abuser was owed confidentiality in the matter. When I sought legal advice, I found the statute of limitations was good for only a couple of years. The one thing I could do--and did do--was resign my membership in the Mormon Church.

The healing process of the sexually abused isn't like a wound that turns into a scab, then gently peels away to reveal new skin. …

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