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West Orange Ex-Priest Assists Victims of Sexual Abuse
50 SHADES OF GREY IS ABOUT ABUSE OF POWER, NOT SEX
Yes, this ex-Irish Christian Brother, ex-priest, survivor of clergy sexual abuse, and advocate for thousands of sexual abuse victims for over a decade, saw the movie, 50 Shades of Grey, but not for reasons one might suspect. I saw the movie because a preview I read mentioned that the title character was a victim of childhood sexual abuse. I was not interested in being titillated with images of intimate sexuality, nudity, or pornography. I was most intrigued by how the film would depict the life of a childhood sexual abuse victim, and I was not disappointed.
The movie I saw on opening night in a packed New York City theater was not about sex, despite all one might read about 50 Shades of Grey. The fifty shades of Christian Grey were unfortunate shadows hovering over a young, handsome man who seemingly had never received any counseling, psychotherapy or sympathy for the sexual violation of his innocence as a boy. The movie was about the “break” in the psyche of Christian Grey which led him to fear intimacy, vulnerability, passion, and friendship. Christian Grey needed an intervention by a compassionate advocate to help him understand how his life had ironically cycled out of control despite his efforts to control everything and everyone.
50 Shades of Grey is not a movie about kinky sex. There is hardly anything sexual about the movie. It is about abuse of power and its aftermath. Christian Grey, a wealthy, handsome young man at the peak of his manhood is incapable of developing an intimate and meaningful relationship with a beautiful young woman who tries everything (including becoming somewhat of a sex slave) to get to Christian’s soul. What she did not realize was that her boyfriend’s soul had been murdered as a child and, as a result, he could not emote as most normal human beings can emote.
I am hoping psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other mental health professionals will view this movie and weigh in on its psycho-social and psycho-sexual implications. The “toys” that Christian Grey possessed (women, cars, helicopters, ropes, chains, handcuffs, etc.) never brought him peace, security, or satisfaction. They exacerbated his profound loneliness, a loneliness that can be traced back to his childhood when an adult’s sexual abuse isolated him from the rest of humanity and made him feel shame and guilt.
I haven’t read a single review, summary, or article that warns prospective viewers that 50 Shades of Grey might be triggering to those who have suffered childhood sexual abuse. Nor have I read a single article deciphering the reasons why Christian Grey had 50 shadows hanging over him. In fact, the titillation factor seems to have taken over for the millions who have read the book and seen the movie, but as far as I am concerned, there was nothing titillating about the movie. There was sadness, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder in the film, at least that’s how it struck me. I felt sympathy for both characters because the female could not get through to the male to prove her genuine love, and the male was incapable of being loved through no fault of his own.
When I left the theater after watching 50 Shades of Grey, I was disappointed that the real spark of love between Christian and Anastasia was never formalized in a love scene or in an act of intimacy. I had a hope as the movie progressed that Anastasia and her obvious love for Christian would bring him around, but he was not capable of accepting her love. I wondered as I sat through the movie if Anastasia would get to the heart of the matter and recommend to Christian that he be seen by a trauma specialist. Perhaps had Christian been able to trust (one of the principal traits taken away from a childhood sexual abuse victim) Anastasia, he could have come around. Unfortunately, that never happened, and he continued to live in his isolated world.
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.
“I KNOW (AND KNEW) FR. ROBERT HARRISON, CAPUCHIN FRANCISCAN”
(Fr. Robert Harrison has allegedly admitted to sexually abusing several children)
by Robert M. Hoatson
AN APPEAL TO POSSIBLE VICTIMS OF FR. ROBERT HARRISON
From 1979-1981, I was stationed as an Irish Christian Brother at Rice High School in Central Harlem, New York City. In my second year there, I was the junior varsity basketball coach. It was during this time that I came in contact with Rev. Robert Harrison, a Capuchin Franciscan friar from Milwaukee who was a civil attorney employed by the City of New York. Fr. Robert Harrison allegedly has admitted to sexually abusing several children.
Fr. Robert Harrison was living around 1980 at the Pierre Toussaint Residence, a facility located on the border of Harlem and Washington Heights. The Pierre Toussaint Residence housed young African-American men who were considering the priesthood. It was sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York.
Fr. Robert Harrison offered to help coach the junior varsity team at Rice High School and began his own basketball program in Harlem for area teenagers. Fr. Robert Harrison’s interest in basketball was interesting because his demeanor and personality were not particularly “athletic.”
When I was transferred to Boston in 1981, I lost touch with Fr. Robert Harrison, but we reconnected in 1985 when I returned to New York City to complete my doctoral studies at Fordham University at Lincoln Center and was living at the Christian Brothers residence in Hell’s Kitchen. Fr. Robert Harrison had become either pastor or administrator of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Harlem but was not well received by the parishioners.
In or around 1989, Fr. Robert Harrison was removed from St. Charles Borromeo Parish and was hired at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx where he taught and worked his way into the basketball program, eventually becoming coach of the junior varsity team. I ran into him at various athletic and religious events in New York City during this time.
In 1989, I became Principal of Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers, NY, and our athletic teams participated in the CHSAA (Catholic High School Athletic Association) of the Archdiocese of New York. In addition, I was a basketball referee in the CHSAA and officiated many contests involving Cardinal Hayes High School. I often ran into Fr. Robert Harrison at basketball games throughout the Archdiocese. I am concerned that one or more of the Rice High School basketball players whom I coached and taught could have been harmed by Fr. Robert Harrison. Fr. Harrison was friendly with some of those players, and he recruited some of them to play on his private traveling team.
Since 1989 and until recently when he was removed, Fr. Robert Harrison was stationed at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx where he came across thousands of teenage boys, primarily African-American and Hispanic. In addition, Fr. Robert Harrison lived in the Cardinal Hayes building, enabling him to give access to students to his private quarters in the building.
MEDIA RELEASE – DECEMBER 20, 2014
Hartford, CT Archdiocese has been informed of clergy sexual abuse by a deceased Hartford, CT priest, Fr. Vincent A. Brown, but refuses to acknowledge and validate the sexual abuse claim of the victim, Charles Mc Gilton, and help him heal
Hartford, CT Archdiocese, despite knowing about sexual allegations against the late Fr. Vincent A. Brown, has not ordered a public golf tournament named after Fr. Vincent A. Brown to be re-named
Fr. Vincent A. Brown, formerly assigned to St. Mary’s Parish, Branford, repeatedly sexually abused a minor child, Charles Mc Gilton, when Fr. Vincent A. Brown was assigned to St. Lawrence Parish in West Haven, CT
A media event and leafleting to alert St. Mary’s Parish, Branford, CT, the greater Connecticut area, and the general public of the Hartford Archdiocese’s unwillingness to help a sexual abuse victim of a Hartford Archdiocesan priest, the late Fr. Vincent A. Brown.
Sunday morning and afternoon, December 21, 2014 after the 7:00 am Mass until the end of the 12:15 pm Mass (and all Masses in between). Press conference will be held at 11:30 AM.
On the public sidewalk outside St. Mary’s Parish, 731 Main Street, Branford, CT, 203-488-1607
Charles Mc Gilton, the sexual abuse victim of Fr. Vincent A. Brown, from West Haven, CT; Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, President of Road to Recovery, Inc. a non-profit charity that advocates for and assists victims of sexual abuse and their families; and other supporters.
Charles Mc Gilton was a young boy when his family lived near and attended St. Lawrence Catholic Church in West Haven, CT. Charles Mc Gilton delivered newspapers to the rectory at St. Lawrence Church where Fr. Vincent A. Brown invited him in and repeatedly sexually abused him there. Fr. Vincent A. Brown also sexually abused Charles Mc Gilton in a local West Haven store where many of Fr. Vincent A. Brown’s parishioners and neighborhood friends gathered to eat and talk. Subsequently, Fr. Vincent A. Brown was transferred to St. Mary’s Parish in Branford, CT, where, today, a golf tournament, which raises thousands of dollars annually for the parish school, is named for Fr. Vincent A. Brown, held at a local elite country club, and supported by local Hartford media personalities, civic and Church leaders, and other celebrities. Demonstrators will call on the Hartford Archdiocese in the person of Archbishop Leonard Blair, the people of St. Mary’s Parish, Branford, and all people in the greater Hartford/New Haven region to acknowledge and validate Charles Mc Gilton’s allegations, apologize for the sexual abuse he endured, and provide him with the resources he needs to heal. Demonstrators will also demand that the name of Fr. Vincent A. Brown be removed from the annual St. Mary’s Parish Golf Tournament and any other honorary titles he holds.
MEDIA RELEASE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2014
NOTRE DAME SCHOOL CONTINUES TO RE-VICTIMIZE A SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIM
SISTERS OF ST. URSULA REFUSE TO HELP FORMER MEMBER WHO WAS SEXUALLY ABUSED BY NOTRE DAME NUN PRINCIPAL
A demonstration and leafleting outside a Catholic girls’ high school Christmas concert and celebration
On the public sidewalk outside Notre Dame School at 327 West 13th Street, NY, NY 10014
Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 5:00 until 6:30 PM
Cecilia Springer, an 84 year-old alumna of Notre Dame School, Class of 1948, who was approximately 14 years of age and a sophomore at Notre Dame School when the Principal of the school sexually abused her; Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists sexual abuse victims and their families; and other supporters.
Cecilia Springer became a Sister of Saint Ursula following graduation from college even after she was sexually abused by a nun (Sr. Mary Andrew) at Notre Dame School. She left the Sisters of Saint Ursula many years later after it became unbearable for her to remain in a religious order of women which tolerated her sexual abuse of children at her alma mater, Notre Dame School. Cecilia Springer’s religious name was Sister Mary Grace. After being interviewed by representatives of the school and religious order, the Sisters of Saint Ursula and Notre Dame School refused to offer her any assistance that will allow her to live a decent life as a senior citizen. Cecilia Springer and her supporters will call on Notre Dame School and the Sisters of Saint Ursula to do the right thing by acknowledging that Cecilia Springer is, indeed, a sexual abuse victim of Sister Mary Andrew, apologizing for what happened to her, and assisting her to live a life that is more free of worry and directed toward healing.
NYC Premiere of Movie
The Catholic Whistle Blowers, a group that has formed to support victims of clergy sexual abuse, will present the NYC premiere of its movie, “A Matter of Conscience,” at Cardozo Law School, 55 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street, Manhattan, this Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 6:00 PM (first floor auditorium). Attorney and Cardozo Law Professor Marci Hamilton will host the event (she also appears in the movie), and following the showing of the film, the Boston College-based producers, Professors Susan and John Michalczyk, and a few members of the Catholic Whistle Blowers who “star” in the movie will answer your questions about the film. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to defray the cost of the film. Please tell your friends and neighbors.
The Catholic Whistle Blowers are:
Rev. John Bambrick, Jackson, NJ
Sr. Sally Butler, OP, Brooklyn, NY
Rev. Patrick W. Collins, Douglas, MI and Peoria, IL
Rev. James Connell, Milwaukee, WI
Rev. Thomas P. Doyle, OP, Vienna, VA
Robert M. Hoatson – West Orange, NJ
Rev. Ronald Lemmert – Peekskill, NY
Rev. Kenneth E. Lasch – Pompton Plains, NJ
Helen Rainforth – Diocese of Peoria, IL and Lincoln, IL
Sr. Claire Smith, OSU – Bronx and New Rochelle, NY
Sr. Maureen Paul Turlish, SNDdeN – New Castle, DE and Philadelphia, PA
Rev. Bruce Teague – Diocese of Springfield, MA
Patrick Wall – Stillwater, MN
(not all persons listed above are featured in the movie)
Also appearing in the film: Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, MA and Anne Barrett Doyle of Bishopaccountability.org
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