Survivors' Lullaby: Giving Witness from Boston to the Clergy Sex Abuse Crimes

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AuthorHouse, Jun 23, 2006 - Social Science - 176 pages
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“Survivors’ Lullaby” is a dramatic and heart wrenching compilation of personal accounts and writings by survivors of catholic clergy abuse.

 

Survivors and their supporters voluntarily submitted their life accounts, poems, speeches and other written testimony.   The contributing authors have shared with us the details of years of suffering that they have endured because of the abuse and the subsequent cover-up of the crimes committed.  They have made it vividly clear as to why it is not possible to  “Just get over it” or to “Just move on”.

 

Included in this book are survivor submissions from Colorado, Indiana, Canada as well as from the local Boston area.  Supporting friends have also submitted their recollections of sidewalk demonstrations that occurred in several New England locations and why they have become strong advocates for survivors.

 

Some of the accounts in this book describe graphic details of ritual and sexual abuse and for this reason, younger readers or those who may be emotionally fragile, should not read this book.

 

The purpose of this book is to end the decades of silence that masked this human disaster and to reveal the horrific details of crimes that have been and continue to be committed.   Susan Renehan, a survivor and vocal advocate once stated,  “We need the truth before we can heal.” Only when we know the truth, embrace our wounded and make the necessary changes to our laws, can we ensure the safety of our next generation of children and young adults.

 

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I don't think that any of these things is real. NICE IMAGINATION!!!

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I would like to thank all the contributing authors for their generosity in allowing us to print their powerful accounts of sexual, ritual and spiritual abuse by Catholic clergy.

 

We applaud them for their courage to share with us their testimony of abuse and associated lifelong traumas.  Some survivors have submitted startling original poems, essays and speeches advocating for accountability, justice and safety for our next generation.

 

The authors come from varied social, geographical and educational backgrounds.  A common thread that ties these brave individuals together is their fervent desire that no other child or young adult be exposed to the silent terror and trauma that they have had to live through.

 

I am honored to have had this opportunity to work beside many courageous survivors, to edit this manuscript and to contribute some of my own recollections to “Survivors’ Lullaby”.  I am indebted to all survivors and our supporting friends for helping me to find a deeper meaning in life and for discovering the spiritual joy and love that we naturally have for others.

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