Hope for abuse victims

Written by Peter Smith on .

"He's one of the lucky ones. He's still alive."

So said a lawyer representing victims of sexual abuse by a priest in the 2015 Oscar-winning movie "Spotlight." .

The victim in the movie was Patrick McSorley, and he was one of the most public faces of the victims of the massive scandal in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, which exploded into public view in 2002.

The screenwriters knew, of course, the bitter irony of the quote. In 2004, Mr. McSorley was found dead after a long period of drug abuse. 

Tragically, a man who gave voice to the abuse of many in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown was also silenced when Corey Leech of Johnstown was found dead this past week.

He had testified with poise and candor in a court proceeding last year involving abuse by the late Franciscan friar Stephen Baker.

No one can know another's trauma, but Robert Hoatson of the group Road to Recovery offers hope for fellow survivors:


“There is hope for recovery, and the key is, to stay in therapy,” he said. “Psychotherapy is the key, and medicine is necessary. As I tell people, I'm in my 38th year of therapy as a result of child sexual abuse. That’s basically has kept me alive. And I think it keeps a lot of other people alive.”



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