Sunday, August 27, 2006

St John's Prep Abuse Victim Launches Web Site


A former St. John's Preparatory School student launched a Web site Wednesday to help molestation victims and challenged Catholic officials in a letter to defend delays in notifying potential victims.

"There are inaccuracies in Mr. (Pat) Marker's letter," said the Rev. William Skudlarek, abbey spokesman. "We will advise him of the inaccuracies in our response to him but will not engage in a media debate with him."

Marker said his Web site,, is intended to help victims feel "validated."

"This Web site has the potential to heal," Marker said.

The site contains more than 200 published articles about the clergy sex abuse scandal as it relates to the St. John's community, according to the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, a national advocacy group for victims.

Marker, who was molested by a St. John's priest in 1983, resigned in protest Friday from an external review board that was formed in response to a clergy sexual abuse scandal. [snip] St Cloud Times

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