RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The names of 42 Catholic clergy members with ties to the diocese of Richmond were released on Wednesday after “credible and substantiated” allegations of sexual abuse involving minors were made against them.
8News spoke with a woman who said her brother was abused by a priest on the list of 42 clergy members. The woman asked not to be on camera but said her name was Kathleen.
“Sadly, my brother was molested by a priest,” Kathleen said. She said her brother was sexually abused by Father George George from the age of 13 to 16.
“When I saw the name of the priest,” she explained to 8News. “It really brought back some terrible memories and the terrible time my family went through.”
Kathleen said her brother stopped going to church and started using drugs to cope.
“I’m not gonna let this one monster change the way I feel and celebrate God,” she said.
Some survivors told 8News that what happened to them did change the way they feel and celebrate god. Becky Ianni, who is on the Board of Directors of Snap or Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, is no longer Catholic after Father William Reinecke sexually abused her when she was only 8-years-old.
“And I didn’t even know it was sex, I was so young. I just knew it was bad,” Ianni said. “The only thing he said is if I told I’d go to hell.”
Snap is urging anyone who believes a perpetrator was left off the list to come forward.