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Media Release – Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee– July 27-28, 2015

On July 29, 2015, the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee will submit to Pope Francis’ newly-established Vatican tribunal a case of abuse of office against Archbishop John J. Myers of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, regarding incidents of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by clergy, and request that Archbishop John J. Myers be removed as Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, and the clerical state, that he be denied access to his lavish retirement home, and assigned to a life of prayer and penance

What
A press conference sponsored by the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee which will announce the filing of a case against Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark, New Jersey to the newly-established Vatican tribunal that investigates and holds accountable bishops who abuse their office in matters of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults

When
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Where
Fair Bridge Hotel and Conference Center, 130 New Jersey Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ 07936

Who
Members of the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee, victim/survivors of sexual abuse and their families, and victim/survivors of the actions and decisions of John J. Myers as Bishop of Peoria, IL and Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, including: Peoria, IL Diocese parents (of sexual abuse victims) Helen Rainforth and Linda Bruns; Newark, NJ sexual abuse victim/survivor Samuel Rivera; Milwaukee retired priest and canon lawyer Rev. James Connell; former Newark Archdiocesan priest Dr. Robert M. Hoatson; New York Archdiocese sexual abuse victim/survivor Sr. Claire Smith; victims’ advocate and whistleblower Sr. Maureen Paul Turlish of New Castle, DE and Philadelphia, PA; and, New York Archdiocese whistleblower Fr. Ronald Lemmert, who will represent and speak on behalf of Fr. Patrick Collins, a retired priest of the Peoria, IL Diocese

Why
Pope Francis has expressed his desire to hold accountable bishops who have abused their office with regard to incidents of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults, and established on June 6, 2015 a Vatican tribunal to hear cases of such abuse of office. The Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee, with the involvement of victim/survivors of sexual abuse, advocates, and supporters, have compiled a case of abuse of office against Archbishop John J. Myers of the Newark, NJ Archdiocese, and will submit documentation of such abuse to Vatican authorities with copies to the Papal Nuncio in Washington, DC, and Archbishop Myers. From the time he was named co-adjutor Bishop of Peoria, IL in 1990 to his tenure as Archbishop of Newark, NJ from 2002 to the present, John J. Myers has abused his episcopal office on many occasions, including a serious cover-up of the sexual abuse of priests in the Peoria, IL Diocese and the mistreatment of families of sexual abuse victim/survivors there. John J. Myers also retaliated against a Newark Archdiocesan priest for speaking out about clergy sexual abuse, forcing him to leave the priesthood, and he mishandled the cases of sexual abuse against the notorious Fr. Michael Fugee and other priests, including a Newark Archdiocesan priest who was allowed to retire one week after 6 victim/survivors received a settlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The press conference will call on Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Myers from the Newark Archdiocese and the clerical state, deny him access to a lavish retirement home, and assign him to a life of prayer and penance.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., West Orange, NJ – 862-368-2800
Rev. James Connell, Milwaukee, WI – 414-940-8054

 

 Demonstration supporting Victim/Survivors of Fr. Kenneth Wicks – Pastor from 1983 – 1991

St. Catherine of Genoa Parish in East Flatbush, Brooklyn New York

Sunday, July 26, 2015

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Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., President and Co-Founder of Road to Recovery

 

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Kirk Balay (left), Victim/Survivor of abuse at Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, New York AND Victim/Survivor of Fr. Kenneth Wicks, Luis Ramos (right)

 

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Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. (front right) and Kevin Waldrip (back right)

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 Victim/Survivors  (left to right) Luis Ramos, Kirk Balay, Kevin Waldrip, Juan C. Rodriguez
 

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 Victim/Survivors  (left to right) Luis Ramos, Kirk Balay, Kevin Waldrip, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

Media Release – July 24-25, 2015

The two sexual abuse victims and their advocates/supporters will appeal to parishioners of a Flatbush, Brooklyn parish, St. Catherine of Genoa, where Fr. Kenneth Wicks served as pastor from 1983-1991 for information about sexual abuse of children in St. Catherine of Genoa Parish, Flatbush, Brooklyn

Juan Rodriguez and Luis Ramos reported the sexual abuse by Fr. Kenneth Wicks to the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, in approximately 1993-1995 but the Diocese of Brooklyn did nothing to help the childhood victims of clergy sexual abuse and kept the sexual abuse quiet

What
A demonstration, leafleting and press conference alerting the media and general public of horrific and extensive sexual abuse of minor children by Fr. Kenneth Wicks who served as a Catholic priest and pastor at a number of parishes in the Diocese of Brooklyn, including St. Gabriel Parish in East New York, Brooklyn, and St. Catherine of Genoa Parish in Flatbush, Brooklyn

When
Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm (before and after the 5:00 PM parish Mass)
Sunday, July 26, 2015 from 8:45 AM until 1:00 PM (before and after the parish Masses)

Where
On the public sidewalk outside St. Catherine of Genoa Parish, 520 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn, New York, 718-282-7162

Who
Juan Rodriguez, a community activist and leader of the 75th NYPD Precinct Community Board, and childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Kenneth Wicks; Luis Ramos, a social worker in New York City, former priest seminarian and Franciscan friar, indigenous activist, and childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Kenneth Wicks; Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, and members of Road to Recovery, Inc.

Why
In the 1980s, Juan Rodriguez and Luis Ramos as minor children were sexually abused by Fr. Kenneth Wicks at St. Gabriel Parish in East New York, Brooklyn, New York, and other places. Shortly after Fr. Kenneth Wicks sexually abused children at St. Gabriel Parish in East New York, Brooklyn, the Diocese of Brooklyn appointed him pastor (1983) of St. Catherine of Genoa Parish in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and it is believed that Fr. Kenneth Wicks continued to sexually abuse children at St. Catherine of Genoa Parish in Flatbush, Brooklyn, where he served as pastor until 1991. When Juan Rodriguez and Luis Ramos reported the sexual abuse by Fr. Kenneth Wicks in approximately 1993-1995, at least one of the men was told that Fr. Wicks had died of a heart attack or stroke, when, in fact, he killed himself. Demonstrators will urge other victims of Fr. Kenneth Wicks to come forward to begin their healing and demand of the Diocese of Brooklyn that it compensate sexual abuse victims.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., Livingston, NJ – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph  856 Pacific Street  Prospect Heights  Brooklyn New York

MONDAY, JULY 20, 2015

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SURVIVOR’S RICHARD TOLLNER (LEFT) &

DR. ROBERT M. HOATSON, PhD

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SURVIVOR’S RICHARD TOLLNER (LEFT) & TIM WALSH

Media Release – July 19, 2015

Two Brooklyn Diocesan priests will be ordained bishops for the Brooklyn Diocese while two childhood sexual abuse victims of a deceased and dangerous pedophile priest are denied justice from the Brooklyn Diocese in their attempts to heal. The Brooklyn Diocese is hiding behind the antiquated and unfair New York State statute of limitations

Juan Rodriguez, who was sexually abused by Fr. Kenneth Wicks at St. Gabriel Parish in East New York, Brooklyn, and reported the abuse to Brooklyn Diocesan officials in the 1990s, will speak to the media about his twenty-year effort to hold his abuser and the Diocese of Brooklyn accountable

What
A demonstration and leafleting alerting Brooklyn Diocesan Catholics, the media, and the general public about the twenty-year attempt by childhood sexual abuse victims of Fr. Kenneth Wicks to receive justice from the Brooklyn Diocese

When
Monday, July 20, 2015 from 12:30 PM until 2:00 PM

Where
On the public sidewalk outside the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York 11238 before the ordination of two new bishops for the Diocese of Brooklyn

Who
Juan Rodriguez, a community activist and leader of the 75th NYPD Precinct Community Board and childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Kenneth Wicks at St. Gabriel Parish in East New York, Brooklyn, NY; Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Why
Two priests will be ordained bishops for the Diocese of Brooklyn while at least two childhood sexual abuse victims of Fr. Kenneth Wicks, who allegedly committed suicide in 1993, are denied justice by the Diocese of Brooklyn in their approximately twenty-year claims against Fr. Wicks and the Diocese of Brooklyn. Juan Rodriguez and Luis Ramos reported their sexual abuse by Fr. Kenneth Wicks to officials of the Diocese of Brooklyn approximately twenty years ago, and nothing has been done by officials of the Diocese of Brooklyn to help them heal and recover. The Diocese of Brooklyn has covered up the horrific sexually abusive activity of Fr. Kenneth Wicks, who abused children in St. Gabriel Parish in East New York and at his vacation home in upstate New York where he tied up children, plied them with alcohol, and sexually abused them. Demonstrators will call on the Brooklyn Diocese to do the right thing by compensating Juan Rodriguez, Luis Ramos and all clergy sexual abuse victims for the sexual abuse they endured. Such compensation helps victims try to heal and gain a degree of closure.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. – Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

BERGEN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL AND THE CONGREGATION OF CHRISTIAN BROTHERS ARE RE-VICTIMIZING FIVE (5) FORMER BERGEN CATHOLIC STUDENTS BY DRAGGING THEIR FEET IN SETTLING CLAIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE BY EITHER ONE OF TWO CHRISTIAN BROTHERS

Br. Charles B. Irwin and Br. John B. Chaney taught at Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, NJ, a school administered by the Congregation of Christian Brothers. While they were stationed at Bergen Catholic High School, they sexually abused at least five (5) students who were minors at the time of the sexual abuse. The Congregation of Christian Brothers has acknowledged that both men sexually abused minor children at Bergen Catholic High School in the 1960s and 1970s.

The five (5) courageous men who reported their sexual abuse as high school minor teenagers by Br. Irwin (4 victims) and Br. Chaney (1 victim) have requested of Bergen Catholic High School and the Congregation of Christian Brothers that their claims be acted on in a timely, just, and fair manner, but that has not occurred. The leadership of Bergen Catholic High School and the Congregation of Christian Brothers are dragging their feet in settling the claims of the sexual abuse victims of Br. Irwin and Br. Chaney, thus re-victimizing them.

We call on Bergen Catholic High School and the Congregation of Christian Brothers to act justly, fairly and in a timely manner to settle the claims of the five (5) sexual abuse victims of Br. Charles B. Irwin and Br. John B. Chaney, allow these men to heal, and get on with their lives.

 

OUTSIDE BERGEN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL  –  ORADELL NEW JERSEY

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Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, PhD – President & Co-Founder ROAD TO RECOVERY

 

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Survivor – Kevin Waldrip

 

MEDIA RELEASE – JULY 15, 2015

Bergen Catholic High School and the Congregation of Christian Brothers continue to re-victimize five (5) former students of Bergen Catholic High School who are survivors of sexual abuse as minors by either one of two Christian Brothers who taught at Bergen Catholic High School through its foot-dragging in settlement talks

Br. Charles B. Irwin and Br. John B. Chaney have been credibly accused of sexually abusing many Bergen Catholic High School students who were minors at the time of the sexual abuse. Br. Irwin sexually abused 4 of the 5 minor teenagers from approximately 1963-1966, and Br. Chaney sexually abused 1 minor teenager in 1978.
What

A demonstration and leafleting highlighting the foot-dragging by the leadership of Bergen Catholic High School and the Congregation of Christian Brothers in helping 5 minor teenaged sexual abuse victims of either Br. Charles B. Irwin or Br. John B. Chaney heal by acting in a timely, fair and just manner in settling their claims against Bergen Catholic High School

When

Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 9:00 am to Noon

Where

On the public sidewalk outside the main vehicle entrance of Bergen Catholic High School, 1040 Oradell Avenue, Oradell, NJ 07649

Who

Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President,   Dr. Robert M. Hoatson
Why

Five former students of Bergen Catholic High School, all of whom are in their 50’s and 60’s, are being re-victimized by Bergen Catholic High School and the Congregation of Christian Brothers because of their foot-dragging surrounding negotiations to settle the victims’ claims, help them heal and get on with their lives. The leadership of Bergen Catholic High School and the Congregation of Christian Brothers are aware of the many sexual abuse victims of Br. Charles B. Irwin and Br. John B. Chaney; yet, they refuse to settle their claims. Demonstrators will call on Bergen Catholic High School and the Congregation of Christian Brothers to stop their foot-dragging and help these victims heal by acting in a timely and manner any be being fair and just.

Contacts

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – Livingston, NJ – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

Media Release – July 13, 2015

THE RED SOX AND MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ARE NOT ALL-STARS WHEN IT COMES TO SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINOR CHILDREN

What
A demonstration and leafleting alerting the media, fans of baseball, All-Star Game attendees, and the general public about the refusal of the Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball to assist in the healing of more than 20 sexual abuse victims of former Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager Donald Fitzpatrick who, as minor children, worked in many clubhouses throughout the country
When
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 – Noon thru 8:00 pm
Where
On the public sidewalks outside and near the Great American Ballpark of the Cincinnati Reds, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Who
Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, Co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that advocates for and supports victims of sexual abuse, such as the more than 20 sexual abuse victims of former Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager Donald Fitzpatrick.
Why
The Boston Red Sox organization has done great work in the community concerning “Boston Strong,” the “Jimmy Fund,” and earlier settlements regarding sexual abuse claims against a former Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick. One of the ways the Red Sox served the communities in the cities in which they trained and played was to allow young boys to work as “assistants” to their equipment and clubhouse manager.

Many boys, mostly from the inner-city, had their dreams come true when they were selected to work in the clubhouses of many ballparks in the United States, but those dreams quickly became nightmares when they were sexually abused in some ballparks by a serial pedophile, Donald Fitzpatrick, the equipment and clubhouse manager of the Boston Red Sox for many years.

It is therefore surprising and disappointing that the Red Sox organization refuses to help more than 20 childhood sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick, who sexually abused children in Fenway Park; Boston; the Orioles ballpark in Baltimore, MD; the Kansas City, MO, ballpark; and Winter Haven, FL, the former training facility of the Red Sox. In 2003, the Red Sox organization settled a $3.15 million dollar lawsuit for approximately seven men who were sexually abused as minor boys at the Winter Haven, FL training facility.

In 2011, Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston issued a financial demand to the Boston Red Sox on behalf of the more than 20 sexual abuse victims of the late equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick, who died in 2005 while serving a ten-year suspended sentence and fifteen years’ probation for attempted sexual battery against boys younger than twelve. The Red Sox have decided to ignore the demand and therefore continue to re-victimize the more than 20 sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick who desire healing.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian has also contacted the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Robert D. Manfred, requesting the cooperation and assistance of Major League Baseball in resolving the claims of the more than 20 sexual abuse victims. Unfortunately, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox have turned a deaf ear to the more than 20 sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick who seek to obtain a settlement that will validate their claims and help them try to heal.

We call on Boston Red Sox fans, all fans of baseball, and the general public to join Donald Fitzpatrick’s sexual abuse victims’ request for justice and fairness. All sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick should be proud of themselves for coming forward, reporting the truth and making the world a safer place for children.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

MEDIA RELEASE – JULY 11, 2015

What
Distribution of leaflets (see below) regarding the Red Sox and Major League Baseball’s refusal to help sexual abuse victims of Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick.

When
Sunday, July 12, 2015 from 10:30 am until 2:00 pm

Where
Outside the “T” station at Kenmore Square, Boston, MA before the Red Sox/Yankees game

Who
Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, Co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a
non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families

Why
The Boston Red Sox organization has done great work in the community concerning “Boston Strong,” the “Jimmy Fund,” and earlier settlements regarding sexual abuse claims against a former Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick. One of the ways the Red Sox served the communities in the cities in which they trained and played was to allow young boys to work as “assistants” to their equipment and clubhouse manager.

Many boys, mostly from the inner-city, had their dreams come true when they were selected to work in the clubhouses of many ballparks in the United States, but those dreams quickly became nightmares when they were sexually abused in some ballparks by a serial pedophile, Donald Fitzpatrick, the equipment and clubhouse manager of the Boston Red Sox for many years.

It is therefore surprising and disappointing that the Red Sox organization refuses to help more than 20 childhood sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick, who sexually abused children in Fenway Park; Boston; the Orioles ballpark in Baltimore, MD; the Kansas City, MO, ballpark; and Winter Haven, FL, the former training facility of the Red Sox. In 2003, the Red Sox organization settled a $3.15 million dollar lawsuit for approximately seven men who were sexually abused as minor boys at the Winter Haven, FL training facility.

In 2011, Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston issued a financial demand to the Boston Red Sox on behalf of the more than 20 sexual abuse victims of the late equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick, who died in 2005 while serving a ten-year suspended sentence and fifteen years’ probation for attempted sexual battery against boys younger than twelve. The Red Sox have decided to ignore the demand and therefore continue to re-victimize the more than 20 sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick who desire healing.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian has also contacted the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Robert D. Manfred, requesting the cooperation and assistance of Major League Baseball in resolving the claims of the more than 20 sexual abuse victims. Unfortunately, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox have turned a deaf ear to the more than 20 sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick who seek to obtain a settlement that will validate their claims and help them try to heal.

We call on Boston Red Sox fans, all fans of baseball, and the general public to join Donald Fitzpatrick’s sexual abuse victims’ request for justice and fairness. All sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick should be proud of themselves for coming forward, reporting the truth and making the world a safer place for children.

Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. – Road to Recovery, Inc. – Livingston, NJ – 862-368-2800

RED SOX DEMONSTRATION – JULY 12, 2015 – ROBERT HOATSON OUTSIDE FENWAY PARK BOSTON MAFH

 

STATEMENT OF ROAD TO RECOVERY, INC.
REGARDING THE RESIGNATION OF ARCHBISHOP JOHN NIENSTEDT OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. PAUL-MINNEAPOLIS AND THE APPOINTMENT OF NEWARK, NEW JERSEY CO-ADJUTOR ARCHBISHOP BERNARD HEBDA AS TEMPORARY ADMINISTRATOR
Monday, June 15, 2015
It appears that the re-arrangement of the deck chairs on the Titanic continues in the Catholic Church with no indication that the Titanic is essentially being righted so the ship can sail in calm waters. Of course, the resignation of Archbishop John Nienstedt is welcome news. Archbishop Nienstedt did nothing but add to the pain and distress of sexual abuse victims and their advocates. With his background as an alleged sexual abuser in such places as a Detroit seminary and his less than ethical character as a member of the Church’s hierarchy, Archbishop Nienstedt never should have been appointed to the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis. His tenure was nothing but disgraceful. But that could be said for hundreds of other bishops, and the ship continues to sink while the chairs are being re-arranged.
The Vatican has chosen to take one of the Titanic “chairs” from the Newark Archdiocese to be the temporary administrator of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese. Co-adjutor Archbishop Bernard Hebda, who was scheduled to succeed the disgraced Newark Archbishop John Myers when he submits his retirement letter in 2016, is now headed to Minnesota to occupy that Archdiocese’s seat, at least temporarily. In much the same way that Bishop Joseph Galante (Camden, New Jersey) asked out of the Diocese of Dallas, TX when he was co-adjutor bishop because he couldn’t get along with former Dallas Bishop Charles Grahmann, it is clear that Archbishop Bernard Hebda had had it with Archbishop John Myers and his lack of leadership in the Archdiocese of Newark. It was a perfect pretext to re-arrange the chairs in two sinking ships. We don’t foresee Archbishop Hebda ever becoming the Archbishop of Newark and believe he will stay in the Midwest.
What does all this mean? It means that Pope Francis is trying, but it might be too late. The Church continues to sink under the weight of its own corruption and mismanagement, and nothing but a full-scale abandonment of structures and policies and that created this mess will change things. The hierarchy of the Church has to go, with a more democratic and people-centered organization taking its place.

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.
Road to Recovery, Inc.
P.O. Box 279
Livingston, NJ 07039
862-368-2800

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND THE BOSTON RED SOX REFUSE TO HELP 22 CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS OF A FORMER EQUIPMENT AND CLUBHOUSE MANAGER HEAL

Three courageous sexual abuse victims of the late former Boston Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick, have come to New York City and the headquarters of Major League Baseball to demand justice from the Boston Red Sox organization and Major League Baseball. Gerald Armstrong of Kansas City, MO; Alvin Storms of Boston, MA; and Charles Crawford of Baltimore, MD, were sexually abused when they worked as assistants to Donald Fitzpatrick in the Red Sox clubhouses in Kansas City and Boston.

Donald Fitzpatrick, who died in 2005 while serving a ten-year suspended sentence and fifteen years’ probation for attempted sexual battery against boys younger than twelve, sexually abused many innocent boys in Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Kansas City, MO; and Winter Haven, FL. According to news reports, approximately seven men who claimed to be sexually abused at or near the Winter Haven, FL training facility of the Boston Red Sox settled a $3.15 million dollar lawsuit with the Boston Red Sox organization in 2003.

In 2011, Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston issued a financial demand to the Boston Red Sox on behalf of the sexual abuse victims of the late Boston Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick. Attorney Garabedian has also written to the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Robert D. Manfred, requesting the cooperation and assistance of Major League Baseball in resolving the claims of the sexual abuse victims. Unfortunately, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox have turned a deaf ear to the sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick who seek to obtain a settlement that will validate their claims and help them try to heal.

The Boston Red Sox organization has done great work in the community concerning “Boston Strong,” the “Jimmy Fund,” and earlier settlements regarding sexual abuse claims against Donald Fitzpatrick. It is now time for the Boston Red Sox to step up and help the 22 victims who have courageously come forward to tell their stories.

We call on Major League Baseball, the Boston Red Sox, all fans of baseball, and the general public to join Donald Fitzpatrick’s sexual abuse victims’ request for justice and fairness. All sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick should be proud of themselves for coming forward, reporting the truth and making the world a safer place for children.
Contacts
Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, Road to Recovery, Inc., Livingston, NJ – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

 

MEDIA RELEASE – JUNE 8, 2015

THE BOSTON RED SOX AND MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL REFUSE TO HELP CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS OF FORMER BOSTON RED SOX EQUIPMENT AND CLUBHOUSE MANAGER

Deceased former Boston Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager, serial pedophile Donald Fitzpatrick, sexually abused many innocent children in four states (Massachusetts, Missouri, Maryland, and Florida), but the Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball have refused to settle the claims of 22 sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick, even though the Boston Red Sox settled with other Donald Fitzpatrick sexual abuse victims in the past. Settling with the 22 victims will validate their claims and help them try to heal

What
A media conference and leafleting placing one essential issue before the new Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Robert D. Manfred, and the Boston Red Sox: it is time for Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox to step up and settle the claims of 22 childhood sexual abuse victims of the late former Boston Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager Donald Fitzpatrick, a serial pedophile

When
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 11:00 am

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of the headquarters of Major League Baseball, 245 Park Avenue (between East 45th and East 46th Streets), New York, NY 10167

Who
Gerald Armstrong, who, as a minor child, worked as a Boston Red Sox clubhouse assistant when the Red Sox played in Kansas City, Missouri, in the 1960s; Alvin Storms, who, as a minor child, worked as a Boston Red Sox clubhouse assistant at Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts, in the 1980s; and Charles Crawford, who, as a minor child, worked as a Boston Red Sox clubhouse assistant at Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts, in the 1990s; Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, MA, who represents the 22 sexual abuse victims; Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families; and supporters

Why
For many years in United States ballparks, the late Boston Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager Donald Fitzpatrick sexually abused many innocent children whose dreams of working for a Major League Baseball club came true – and then were shattered as were their lives. The Boston Red Sox organization has proven that it can be sensitive, compassionate, and caring for those who are suffering. The Boston Red Sox organization in 2003 compensated several Donald Fitzpatrick sexual abuse victims for their injuries, and in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Boston Red Sox have been heroic in their support of and care for the victims of that tragedy. The Boston Red Sox also continue their great work with the Jimmy Fund. Why have the Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball refused to help 22 sexual abuse victims of deceased former Boston Red Sox clubhouse manager Donald Fitzpatrick recover from their injuries and heal?

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

 

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.

 

 

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