STTOP - Speak Truth TO Power!

 

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Text of Speech at Worcester Demonstration - February 2, 2003


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'Survivors' Lullaby'

Some of the "Sidewalk Protesters" in front of the Cathedral in Boston

New Hampshire Protest

Call for Law to resign

Protesting in New Hampshire

We will not be silenced!

More New Hampshire protests

Protesting in Maine

A bumper sticker for New Hampshire

Protests seen around the world!


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STTOP!
P.O. Box 610156
Newton, MA 02461

Donations will be used for signs, banners, buttons, leaflets, and other materials used to promote our cause to hold the bishops accountable and seek justice for the victims.

Sttop was formed in response to the January 2002 revelations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Please read below for more information about who we are and what we do by click here: STTOP

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The Year of the Survivor

"[Speaking] is never with fear; of visibility, of the harsh light of scrutiny and
perhaps judgment, of pain, of death. But we have lived through all of those
already, in silence, except death. And I remind myself all the time now, that if I
were to have been born mute, and had maintained an oath of silence my whole
life for safety, I would still have suffered, and I would still die."

--Audre Lorde

 

As winter slowly moves into spring we here in Boston are acutely aware that in January 2012, ten years will have passed since survivors of clergy sexual abuse allowed the Boston Globe to print the horror, betrayal and re-victimization they experienced as children, young adults and then once more, as older women and men. In the years that have passed, stories from all over the world erupted with the same theme of church hierarchal betrayal, cover-up and re-victimization. Even as the Archdiocese of Boston and Cardinal O'Malley receive praise by the media we witness their lobbyist work hard and get paid well to insure that the Statute of Limitation on crimes of sexual abuse is not extended for all survivors or all sexual abuse.

Nonetheless, despite the church's best efforts to "move on", clergy sexual abuse and sexual abuse in general is being talked about by more people more often than it was ten years ago. Indeed, there are more people working constantly to bring the meaningful changes to our society that will help to make both our religious and secular communities safer for all our children. We are grateful for all the survivors who found the courage and support to publicly speak about what was done to them. We are grateful that through their speaking our consciousness was raised and we want to help raise the consciousness of all. Therefore, we humbly declare that January 2011 to January 2012 will be "The Year of the Survivor".

Over the coming months individuals and groups are planning to come together to remember, recognize and celebrate these past ten years through events and gathers. As plans are completed they will be posted on this site so please com back often to see if you can participate in any or all of them.

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Rosemary, "Our Lady of the Lawn Chair" is recuperating at home after having
successful heart surgery earlier this month of December 2010.

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Resources

SNAP - Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests

BishopAccountability.org

stopsexcrime.org
Repeal of Statute of Limitations

kathleenmdwyer.com
Healing Into Wholeness

Survivors First
(view priest data base here)

Persons Against Ritual Abuse

CCS - Coalition of Catholics and Survivors


- Government Guide - Pressure our leaders to act!


To contact one of our coordinators click a link below:

Female Survivor

Female Supporter

Male Supporter


Solidarity March

Somber Protesting

Generations protest together

Maybe the bull horns will let you hear us!

The Women Speak!

Protesting with artwork

And the crime is Rape!

Support the repeal of the Statute of Limitations on sex crimes in your area!

We have learned much these past years and we look up to and stand with those who came before and those here now who refuse to be silent!

 


 

 

 

 

 

STTOP...Speak Truth to Power!

Working to shatter the silence and end the secrecy
that has for centuries
nurtured and perpetuated the
sexual, spiritual and ritual abuse of children, women and men
by priests and members of the Catholic Church hierarchy.

ABOUT US:


In January of 2002 The Boston Globe published its' first article about priest sexual abuse in the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. That article led to countless revelations about priests who were molesters not only in Boston but in other states and countries as well and resulted in the discovery of systemic conspiracy and cover up by the bishops, cardinals and popes of the Catholic Church.

To say it was a difficult time here in Boston would be a huge understatement. Day after day the media was filled with more revelations about the horrors of being sexually abused by someone you were taught was next to God and who you must respect, trust and obey . Day after day victims who had never before told anyone that they had been sexually abused by a priest were coming forward and speaking their truth to those who would listen telling them that the same priest who may have comforted others in sorrow and celebrated with others in joy, was at the same time, sexually abusing them in the rectory, the church or any other place he could find. And finally, when tens of thousands of church documents were released and made public as a result of court orders, the denial of a few good Catholics finally began to disintegrate leaving in its' ashes feelings of betrayal, outrage and sorrow.

It was from those ashes that early in 2002 STTOP was born for the purpose of supporting survivors and demanding responsibility and accountability from the Catholic Church. Since we first came together, STTOP has been one of the lead organizers of countless demonstrations, protests and vigils including Solidarity marches, Red Mass Protests and weekly Sunday protests at various churches and cathedrals throughout the country. Carrying signs calling for resignations, responsibility and accountability initially we were met with anger, threats and reprimands such as when a parishioner scolded us for demonstrating during Lent but quickly disappeared when a survivor responded "...but they raped me during Lent".

In time the initial anger we were first met with began to lessen, especially in those places where we demonstrated often and/or where we carried pictures of adult survivors as children, many of whom were dressed in Holy Communion dresses or suits. Indeed, in time some parishioners would thank us for being there and tell us to keep up the "good work". But of all the reactions and responses we have received over the years none has made what we do more worthwhile than when someone comes to us and quietly tells us that they too had been sexually abused by a priest as a child. Such was the case of an older man, well into his seventies who looked as devout as any Catholic could look leaving Mass. As he walked towards us none of us were quite sure whether he was going to yell, spit or ignore us. As he slowly approached our place on the sidewalk, he began to cry and in seconds was being held as he told us that between the ages of 8 and 10 he too had been sexually abused by a priest and up until this moment, he had never told anyone. More than his tears rained on the sidewalk that day...and I believe more than our spirits received a little additional healing as well.

And so, we continue to demonstrate and demand accountability. It's been awhile since we have used the bullhorns, but our message and philosophy remains loud and clear...strong and consistent. We demand accountability...we demand resignations of corrupt bishops and cardinals...we refuse to allow the sexual abuse of children and adults to be swept into invisibility... we recognize and honor the right of each individual to speak from her/his heart...we will not forget what has, is and will continue to happen unless accountability and meaningful change takes place in both the religious and secular communities. This web site is an extension of our commitment and a record of what we have done, what we are doing and what actions are being planned. We hope that you will click on the links and that you find the resources, transcripts of speeches and pictures of some of the "Action for Changes" we have co-sponsored and participated in helpful. We welcome your comments and wish each of you support as you do the work you have been called to do. Thank you again for visiting our site!

 



Bishops in all areas of the country are guilty of conspiracy in the criminal sexual abuse of children and adults. According to"Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes", the recently published book by Doyle, Sipe and Wall, sixteen U.S. bishops have also been publicly named as sexual abusers.   (see page 60). Furthermore, the number of priest who sexually abuse children and adults is estimated to be in the thousands. And still, after all that has been revealed, the hierarchy of the Church continues to refuse to inform the appropriate authorities of the names and whereabouts of those who have been accused.

We say STTOP!

STTOP the abuse and conspiracy...
STTOP the silence...
STTOP the secrecy...
&
START working with your legislators...
START working with advocacy groups...
START speaking up and speaking out...

JOIN US NOW as we and many others continue to support survivors and to work towards creating a more safe, sacred and secure society for all children and adults.

WHO WE ARE

We are called the "Sidewalk Protesters" and consist of women and men who share a common goal of holding the hierarchy of the Catholic Church responsible and accountable for the sexual, ritual and spiritual abuse and betrayal of countless children, women and men.

We are survivors of sexual abuse and others who have been painfully affected by the betrayal, cover-up and perpetuation of sexual abuse by those who demanded we trust, follow and obey them.

WHAT WE DO

We speak publicly against sexual abuse by priests and other members of the Catholic Church.

We speak against the past, present and on going silence and collusion by the hierarchy, most priests and most laity of the Catholic Church.

We protest on the sidewalks of cathedrals throughout the country supporting survivors and demanding accountability, responsibility and change.

We name corrupt Cardinals, Bishops and priests and demand their resignations and indictments.

We support survivors and others as they shatter the silence that has entombed for centuries the sexual, ritual and spiritual abuse of children, women and men.

We honor the right of each individual to speak form their heart.

We support other groups and individuals with similar goals.

While STTOP! works with many groups and individuals regarding clergy sex abuse, STTOP! neither endorses nor promotes the specific opinions on other matters and/or mission statements of any group or individual listed on our site.

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