Third Sexual Abuse Survivor to File Lawsuit Naming Former Honolulu Bishop Joseph Ferrario
Survivor to speak publicly at press conference Tuesday
News Release from Abused in Hawaii
What: At a press conference Tuesday, a sexual abuse survivor along with his attorneys and advocates will:
• Announce the third child sexual abuse lawsuit naming former Honolulu Bishop Joseph Ferrario and Diocese of Honolulu. The man, born and raised in Hawaii and now residing in Las Vegas, NV, will speak publicly about his abuse and his prior thwarted attempts to notify parishioners and the diocese about the abuse.
• The survivor will speak about his experience as a seven‐year‐old student at St. Anthony's grade school in 1975 when then‐Father Joseph Ferrario began to groom and sexually molest him. The Diocese of Honolulu did not substantiate his abuse despite knowing other victims of Ferrario existed.
• Discuss the opportunity for sexual abuse survivors to come forward and pursue legal action under a new Hawaii law that expires April 24, 2014. The alleged victim is the third man to come forward and file a lawsuit claiming that Ferrario sexually abused him. All three boys were molested during the same time period at St. Anthony's in Kailua.
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