Don’t speak for abuse victims

This letter is in response to Al Montanaro’s letter in the May 3 edition.

I can’t help but wonder how much research he did before writing it. After all, it was more than just an opinion; he actually spoke for the victims of sexual abuse.

He stated that “The student victims of sexual assault did not benefit from the Catholic education offered by the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese.”

I am a documented survivor of sexual abuse by a clergy member. I must disagree with Montanaro’s stand; I kindly ask him to cease speaking for me.

I would not trade my Catholic education for anything and have benefited greatly from it. I have raised two daughters, one of whom, after 12 years of Catholic education, went to a Catholic University, and the other is in her fifth year of Catholic education.

Montanaro’s utter ignorance in the matter is highlighted by his mocking of prayer vigils for healing. I find it very interesting that he worked a Catholic high school football reference into his letter. Can we assume there may be an ulterior motive for his disdain of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese?

I would normally come right out and say it, but I don’t speak for others without knowing facts.

Jim Brennan



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