For survivors of sexual abuse by priests, the change has been dramatic. Frank Meuers, state director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, for example, recalls just six years ago when he accompanied a woman to the chancery lobby to report sexual abuse by a priest. A staff person came out and yelled, “Get out, you troublemakers!” he said.
Today the Plymouth retiree meets O’Malley occasionally for breakfast to share ideas and concerns, and abuse survivors’ reports are taken seriously.
“It’s 180-degree difference,” said Meuers. ...Reports of priest misconduct continue. They are first forwarded to police, and the archdiocese conducts its own investigation when police finish theirs. Claims are handled in various ways.