Survivor Of Sexual Abuse In Catholic Church Tells His Story

Mike McDonnell says he did not share his story until he was 35

Robert Mangino
August 15, 2018 - 10:53 am


PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Mike McDonnell has heard the stories before that were detailed by the 884-page grand jury on sexual abuse in six dioceses across Pennsylvania.

The leader of the Philadelphia chapter of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests has told his story of abuse and calls the report a victory and a validation.

McDonnell told the KDKA Radio Afternoon News that Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s two-year investigation finally shows action being taken after he says church leaders were aware of abuse but did nothing.

“They knew, they knew, they knew. No one knew more and no one did less than the diocese themselves,” said McDonnell


“The Attorney General’s office has probably done more for victims and survivors than any diocese in Pennsylvania.”

McDonnell says he didn’t discuss his abuse with anyone until he was 35-years-old and encourages anyone who has suffered abuse to come forward.

“It’s a cleansing process and it’s part of the healing process for an individual,” McDonnell said. 

He adds that it’s important to come forward so that predators can be exposed and stopped and so that other survivors can heal. 

McDonnell supports reforms proposed in the report, especially opening the window for victims to sue for damages to cover counseling and substance abuse.