‘My whole life has been a lie’: Powerful video shows brave victims of Pennsylvania priests revealing how the abuse ruined their lives, marriages and prevented them having children

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
By Paul Martin

Shaun Dougherty,now 48, was abused until he was in the eighth grade
The abuse stopped him from wanting his own family and ‘destroyed’ his life
Carolyn Fortney, 37, was abused from when she was just 18-months-old
Her three sisters were also sexually abused by their priest, Father Augustine Giella
Giella died awaiting trial in 1992 after being finally arrested for his crimes
Robert Corby, now 83, was ‘targeted’ by priests in 1947 because he was ‘fatherless’
He said no one would have believed him if he spoke up at the time
The abuse meant he could not show affection towards his wife or children
Other victims told their stories at a press conference in Pennsylvania on Tuesday
More than 300 priests were named in the horrifying 886-page report

15 August 2018

Some of the thousands of victims of hundreds of Pennsylvania priests named in a bombshell report on Tuesday have told their stories in a powerful video where they reveal how the sexual abuse ruined their lives.

The video was released by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office on Tuesday along with the 886-page report which details the abhorrent abuse which took place across six different dioceses over 60 years.

Th video features three victims; Robert Corby, now 83, Shaun Dougherty, 48, and Carolyn Fortney, 37.

Fortney sobbed as she told how she ran to Father Augustine Giella, the priest who abused her, ‘in her diaper’ as a baby.

‘The day I met him I was 18-months-old. I was in my diaper and I ran, I ran right to him,’ she wept.

She went on to tell how his hands would ‘always’ be on her.

‘The word God makes me think of him. I just feel like my whole life has been a lie,’ she went on.

Carolyn was abused along with her three sisters. When their father discovered what was happening, she said he ‘went crazy’.

They confronted the church along with some of his other victims but it was not until 1992 that he was arrested. He died awaiting trial.

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