Gerard McGlone, SJ, a Jesuit priest and researcher, believes all Catholics should regularly hear the stories of people who have experienced sexual abuse in the Church. He…… Read more “Called to the Foot of the Cross: Why the Catholic Church Needs a “Catechesis of Survivor Stories””
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What Happens if I Make a Report to the Wisconsin Clergy Abuse Hotline?
Last week the office of Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul released details about the reports it has received so far through the Department of Justice (DOJ) hotline…… Read more “What Happens if I Make a Report to the Wisconsin Clergy Abuse Hotline?”
Survivor Story: My Husband Was a Victim of Clergy Abuse. I’ve Had to Work Hard for My Own Healing.
On this blog in June 2020 I first shared the story of Wendy Liedtke, a widow who was grieving the sudden death of her husband, Ken, at…… Read more “Survivor Story: My Husband Was a Victim of Clergy Abuse. I’ve Had to Work Hard for My Own Healing.”
Lifting Up Survivors’ Voices on All Survivors’ Day
This Saturday, November 7, is All Survivors’ Day, a day to recognize survivors of sexual abuse, bring their stories into the light, raise awareness of the widespread nature of the issue, and organize for change in the culture that allows sexual abuse to continue. Awake Milwaukee is proud to join the group of international organizations Read more
Survivor Story: Our Entire Family Has Been Affected
When a person is sexually abused, the trauma of the experience can deeply affect the victim’s family and friends. In fact, organizations such as the As One…… Read more “Survivor Story: Our Entire Family Has Been Affected”
Survivor Story: Six Things I Wish Catholics Knew About the Abuse Crisis
Today we revisit the important insights shared by Patricia Gallagher Marchant in one of our very first Survivor Stories, originally published on March 10, 2020. Patricia Gallagher…… Read more “Survivor Story: Six Things I Wish Catholics Knew About the Abuse Crisis”
Survivor Story: Even If You’re Not Hearing Survivors’ Voices, It Doesn’t Mean We’re Not Here.
In a recent post we discussed Awake’s commitment to acknowledging the abuse of adults in the Catholic Church. The post included insights from “Anne,” a victim-survivor of adult abuse in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Today we tell more of Anne’s story. Read more
Survivor Story: My Husband Kept His Abuse Secret for 33 Years of Our Marriage
Ken gave the basics of a story he had never before shared: In 1958, at age 12, he became an altar boy at a Catholic parish on Milwaukee’s South Side, where a much-loved priest was famous for his brief Saturday evening Masses. Read more
Survivor Story: How I Believe The Church Can Help Survivors Heal
As a teenager in the late 1960s, Jan Ruidl was abused by the priest who led the youth group at her home parish in Springfield, Massachusetts. Years later, she reported the abuse to the Diocese of Springfield and ultimately met with Springfield Bishop Timothy McDonnell, whom Read more
Survivor Story: A Letter to My Mom
I remember the first time you and Dad told me about your abuse. I told you that I already knew. I don’t know how I knew, other than it was just a child’s intuition. Your story of abuse by Read more