‘We need to bring people to justice’: victim of clergy abuse opens up; AG Kaul shares what the state is doing

By Yukare Nakayama

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MILWAUKEE (WDJT) – As a number of protesters gathered outside the funeral of Rembert Weakland, who served as Archbishop of Milwaukee from 1977 to 2002 after a sex abuse scandal, a survivor of clergy abuse speaks out and worries about the clergy and religious leaders in the state. Abuse initiative.

“We need to bring people to justice no matter who they are,” said Peter Isely, Nate’s mission director and survivor of clergy abuse.

Just 13, Isely said his abuse began less than a week after attending minor seminary. The abuse committed by one of its religious leaders.

“It started off gradually, like it often does, you know, shoulders rubbing…you know, so it would sort of stop. Next time it will go lower until it finally enters my pants,” Isely said.

He made it his mission to protect others. He is part of the survivor network of those who were abused by the priest and Nate’s mission.

Nate’s mission is named after Nate Lindstrom, a victim of clergy abuse. He committed suicide at the age of 45.

In April last year, Attorney General Josh Kaul launched an investigation into abuses by clergy and religious leaders.

“We wanted to make sure that wherever we can get justice, we vigorously pursue justice,” Kaul said.

AG Kaul said that to date they have received more than 200 reports of abuse from clergy or religious leaders and have criminally charged two religious leaders. The initiative also guides survivors to victim services and an anonymous hotline.

Some survivors, like Isely, said that wasn’t enough.

“We are extremely frustrated, we were promised one thing and yet again we are not getting it,” Isely said.

Kaul said that despite the lack of cooperation from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, he was determined to seek justice.

“Our goal is to follow the facts where they lead and that’s what we did,” Kaul said.

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