Press Conference Thursday in Honolulu
Man who as child was raped by former bishop and local priest to break silence, come forward publicly
St. Anthony Catholic Church choir loft in Kailua, Oahu was scene of sexual assault
Will urge those suffering in silence to come forward to seek healing, accountability and justice under Hawaii’s “Window Law”
What: A Los Angeles man who charges in a lawsuit that he was abused as a child by former Hawaii bishop Joseph Ferrario and Kailua priest Joseph Henry (aka, J. Michael Henry) will speak publicly about his abuse and the cover-up by Catholic officials. He will also urge others in Hawaii who suffer in silence to come forward to seek healing, accountability and justice. He will be joined by his attorneys.
Identified as John Roe 2 in his civil complaint, he was a catechism student and altar boy at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Kailua in the 1970’s and alleges that he was brutally raped by Father Joseph Henry in the choir loft of St. Anthony’s Church, and later, after confessing the sexual assault to Father Joseph Ferrario, was forced by Ferrario to perform oral sex in a building on the church grounds.
John Roe 2′s lawsuit, filed in June, was the second filed under a new law allowing adults who were victims of sex abuse as a child a two year “window” to seek justice in Hawaii’s civil courts. The legislation was approved by Hawaii’s legislature in April and subsequently signed into law by Governor Neil Abercrombie.
Roe 2 will also be joined by Joelle Casteix, a survivor of sexual abuse as a child in Southern California, who will tell of her journey from tragedy to triumph while taking advantage of that state’s “window law.”
Find official copy of John Roe 2 complaint on the “NEWS” page of www.abusedinhawaii.com
When: Thursday, August 23, 2012 11:00 A.M. (HST)
Where: Ala Moana Hotel (Pakalana/Anthurium Room) 410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI 96814
Who: Survivor John Roe 2: Now an adult living in Los Angeles, as a child Roe 2 lived in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii with his family when his father was stationed at Camp Smith in Aiea, Oahu, Hawaii.
Jeff Anderson: Attorney Jeff Anderson is an internationally known St. Paul, Minnesota-based trial lawyer who is widely recognized as a pioneer in sexual abuse litigation and has earned a reputation as a tireless champion of civil rights for children and the under-privileged. Anderson has represented thousands of survivors of sexual abuse by authority figures and clergy. Jeff can be contacted at 612.817.8665 (Mobile)
Mark Gallagher: Jeff Anderson & Associates’ Kailua-based affiliate Mark Gallagherhas over 15 years experience as an attorney successfully seeking justice and compensation for those injured in Hawaii through no fault of their own. An experienced litigator in Hawaii state courts on Oahu, the Big Island, Kauai and Maui, Mark has also practiced in the United States federal courts system. Mark can be contacted at 808.535.1500
Joelle Casteix: A survivor of childhood sexual abuse in Southern California, Joelle has worked as a public relations executive and is currently volunteer Western Regional Director of Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP) Joelle can be contacted at 949.322.7434 (Mobile)
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