By Stephen McDonnell, M.Div., M.S.W., CAC-II
Trauma Specialist, Psychotherapist, Addictions Counselor
& former Roman Catholic parish priest
This pamphlet is designed to identify issues and resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered survivors who have been sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests, bishops and religious brothers and sisters and to act as a beginning and guide for healing that abuse.
DignityUSA is a nonprofit organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Catholics, their families, friends and supporters, and as such, has been an outspoken advocate of survivors of abuse, especially before the Roman Catholic hierarchy, which has failed in the past to protect and help survivors of abuse.
This pamphlet is funded in part by the Foundation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, which supports the healing that DignityUSA wants to foster by publishing this pamphlet.