The following statement was prepared and read by Jerry Boyle at the 08 December 2011 press conference announcing the launch of his lawsuit against William Hodgson Marshall, the Basilian Fathers of Toronot, the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, the Roman Catholic Episcopal corporation of the Diocese of London, and Bishop Ronald Peter Fabbro
Unless you have been a victim of sexual abuse, you can never imagine the long term effects. I have been haunted for more than half a century by memories of the terror I experienced.
I am here today for justice. I have had my life changed by a protected villain that should have been removed from society before I was ever exposed to his evil desires. They relocated him to Windsor after Marshall assaulted students at St. Mikes in Toronto. Two of them were here in Windsor for Marshall’s trial and conviction on June 8th of this year.
He violated my innocence when I had just turned fourteen. I was immature and small for my age. That is what Marshall was after. My life has never been the same nor have I seen the potential I could have attained.
The real problem is with the Church, the Priests, the School Board and Marshall’s co-workers, that knew what he was up to and did absolutely nothing about it. Their only action was to protect him and move him out of the areas of his crimes into new surroundings where he could find new victims for his perversions. (He will continue to receive their protection when his two year sentence will be cut short sometime early in 2012.)
They knew what he was doing. They saw him in the act of assaulting me. Others were told what was going on. They did nothing!!
I looked for help and it was denied. There were at least four other priests that witnessed his assaults on me and would not help. They saw him sexually assaulting me in the Shower after basketball practise, on two occasions where priest would walk into classrooms where Marshall would take me and in his private room where many of the assaults took place and his roommate walked in and interrupted one of the attacks. The one priest I went to in my home parish for assistance blamed me for the assaults. I approached him in the confessional where I felt I had some protection with the screen that separated us. I described to him the best way I could that I was being sexually abused by a Catholic priest in my school. Before I could even tell him the name he screamed at me saying that “whatever happened was my fault and to quit doing it.”I ran from the confessional….never to return to that sacrament and the forgiveness it claimed to offer.
Had Marshall been taken out of the system the many victims that came after me would not have seen the attacks they experienced. Patrick would not be here today. His life would have been different more peaceful and fulfilled.
I endured two years of assaults and for the past fifty-six years have tried to bury the memories. It is time to make those responsible accountable.