domenica 28 novembre 2021

Stati Uniti
Phil Saviano, clergy abuse victim who refused to stay silent, dies at 69

(Bryan Marquard, Boston Globe)
Rejecting a confidentiality agreement, he inspired others to tell their stories -- Phil Saviano was near death from AIDS three decades ago and thousands of dollars in debt when the Worcester Diocese tried to silence him with a settlement that would have prevented him from publicly revealing that he had been sexually abused by a priest when he was a boy. “I just couldn’t agree to it,” Mr. Saviano told the Globe in 1995. “I knew if I did I would just be contributing to their campaign to look away and shut everybody up.” By refusing to sign a confidentiality agreement, he received a smaller settlement that placed him in further financial peril. But his principled stand became a landmark moment in victims’ efforts to expose the Catholic Church’s worldwide history of covering up the abuse of children. Mr. Saviano, whose personal story and precise documentation of priests who assaulted children helped inform the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the clergy sexual abuse crisis, was 69 when he died Sunday in the home of his brother (...)