Pennsylvania family details story of abuse by priest
The sisters say they were abused by the same priest. Fortney family opens the doors to ‘The Story.’
A family of the sisters, who said they were sexually abused by the same priest in Pennsylvania, spoke on Fox News about the damage to their household, after they leave the priest a friend of the family, who would even say that the grace for them at the dinner.
Allegations that five of the eight sisters in the family being sexually abused by ds. Augustine Michael Giella in the 1980s were revealed in the Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, such as Penn Live reported. Hundreds of priests were said to have molested more than 1,000 children since the 1940s, and senior church officials, including the current archbishop of Washington, D. C., reportedly the abuse.
Giella was charged in August 1992 in New Jersey, where he had retired — he moved to his house with the help of the girls’ family. The family was excluded from speaking by a confidentiality agreement until the report was released, as Fox 43 reported.
WARNING: ACCUSATIONS CAN BE DISTURBING
“I feel like I’m living in the Twilight Zone. How do people think this is okay?” Carolyn Fortney said on “The Story” with Martha MacCallum, as early as the cover-up was just as bad as the abuse.
Giella died in 1993, while awaiting trial. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg does not return Fox News’ request for comment immediately.
Court records indicated Giella started molesting Carolyn when she was about 2 years old, the abuse included fondling, with her nude pose for photos in sexual poses, and with Giella dressed in church clothes — oral sex. Researchers, such as the grand jury report revealed, restored, bound volumes of photos that he had taken of naked children, and a collection of girls underwear that he kept and labeled with the names of the victims.
Her father said that he always had her side. “And I thought what happened to my Carolyn when I was telling you about. Because the way she was crying and acting and everything, it just had to be true. No one would act like that or lie to their father that way. I knew it had to be true,” Ed Fortney said. “I could not work for two years after that happened. That is really us in a hole.”
The sisters spoke of trust issues with leaders of the society after Giella the cruel exploitation.
Lara Fortney McKeever, whose abuse began at 10, said they forgive the priest, but he added: “I feel like the Catholic Church was the one responsible for the fact that such leniency for all of this. It attracts quite a lot of pedophiles, because of how the laws are. It is a place to hide.”
Her sister, Patty Fortney-Julius, whose abuse began at 13, added it was important for the diocese for the protection of their church hierarchy than the protection of their family.
In a police report filed when the authorities searched his house and arrested Giella, a researcher wrote “numerous calls” from women who read about Giella’s arrest, saying “they were groped and sexually abused him during the 1960s and 1970s, when he was pastor in Hackensack, New Jersey.”
Giella was confronted with sexual violence, child endangerment and child pornography charges in Ocean County, New Jersey, when he died in 1993 about age 72.
The sisters previously told CBS News they chose to step forward, to help other possible victims. “We knew that We should do more to help prevent this happening to other people,” Carolyn said.
Fox News’ Martha MacCallum, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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