Bishop Heelan Grad Calls For End of Statute of Limitations on Child Sex Abuse, 5:32

May 23, 2019

SNAP President Tim Lennon in front of the Cathedral of the Epiphany

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A Bishop Heelan High School graduate who says he was sexually abused at the age of 12  is calling on Iowa Lawmakers to get rid of the statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases.  Sioux City native Tim Lennon is the president of The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.  Speaking at a press conference this morning outside the Cathedral of the Epiphany, Lennon asked that abusers and the church be accountable. 

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“People in Sioux City need to compel their politicians to enact strong laws, to compel the attorney general to do his job.  To call on the church to be fully transparent.”

Lennon says he was abused by Father Gerald Murphy. Earlier this year the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sioux City released a list of 28 credibly accused priests in an investigation of child sex abuse by clergy.