[Editor’s Note: This is the second of a 2-part series on vulnerable adults being abused by clergy, and the poor response from Church officials to that abuse.]
In Part 1, we discussed how Steve Hayner was sexually abused by two priests in New York, which left him with deep, lifelong scars. In Part 2, we’ll discuss how Church authorities failed him at every step—both during and after the abuse—largely because, Steve believes, it would shine a light on a culture of predatory homosexuality within the priesthood.
For a child or vulnerable adult, the best time to protect them from abuse is before it occurs—through strict safe-environment policies that prevent situations where adults are given the opportunity to commit abuse. But some twisted individuals will actively work around these policies, or laziness will erode their enforcement, and abuse will still occur.