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A new site from the Boston Globe includes news updates on clergy abuse and other Catholic issues.
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April 7
Vt. church in record settlement
Psychologist testifies on Porter

April 6
Victims oppose Porter release

February 24
Abuse victim found dead

January 15, 2004
O'Malley vows to help victims

December 3
Church settles with victim

November 15
Settlement fuels money advice

November 12
Claims set aside until 2004

October 21
Most plaintiffs accept deal

October 19
Therapy sought in abuse suit

October 17
Lawyer says settlement near

October 8
Victims agonize over deal

September 28
Therapy guidelines questioned
Concert to honor abuse victims

September 26
Church to review allegations

September 22
Irish victims seeking others

September 21
Some in suits may face tax bill

September 15
O'Malley at 1st Mass since deal

Earlier stories

Spotlight Report

The Victims

     As news broke in early 2002 of a clergy abuse coverup in the Boston Archdiocese, they began to come forward: Victims of abusive priests who had remained silent for years, ashamed to tell their stories or afraid they'd never be believed.

     There was the Jamaica Plain mother who invited the Rev. John Geoghan into her home for years, unaware he was molesting her three young sons in their beds. And the Salem boys who were enticed by the Rev. Joseph Birmingham to take trips to the ice cream shop, only to be molested by the priest in his car.

     Haunted by the abuse, many victims wrestled for years with depression and drug abuse. Some ended up in prison. Others committed suicide because of the abuse, according to their relatives. In Baltimore, one man turned with rage on his attacker, shooting the priest he claimed molested him.

     By the end of 2002, at least 500 people had come forward with claims they were abused by Boston-area clergy, and the archdiocese faced millions of dollars in civil lawsuits.

See the story list to the left for the latest coverage of the victims of clergy abuse.

Thomas Fulchino, left, comforts his son, Christopher. Both allegedly were molested by Boston priests.
(Globe Staff Photo / Bill Greene)

Bernie McDaid says he was molested by the Rev. Joseph Birmingham in the 1960s. (Globe Staff Photo / Tom Herde)

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