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Survivors Speak View Comments
By Rachel Zawila

Clergy sex abuse affects a victim’s entire family. Ginny Hoehne’s son David (pictured) was twelve when he was abused by his parish priest. More than two decades later, the family still struggles with the pain.
It’s the summer of 2002. Ginny Hoehne is sitting in a hotel lobby in Charleston, South Carolina,
her family milling about nearby, waiting for the police. Having their car stolen was not on the vacation itinerary.

Now all they can do is wait. And watch the hotel TV, which airs a meeting of the U.S. Catholic bishops in Dallas regarding the Church’s sex-abuse scandal. Ever since the Boston Globe
published its expansive investigative report into the matter in January, the media coverage has been seemingly nonstop. By now for most people, a passing glance would suffice, but
Hoehne’s eyes remain fixed on the screen.
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Rachel Zawila is an assistant editor of this publication. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.


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