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A sexual abuse survivor speaks out
http://jamaicaplaingazette.com ^ | March 5, 2010 | By John Ruc

Posted on 03/05/2010 2:13:07 PM PST by Maelstorm

“I’m a 38-year-old person, and my life has been riddled with drug abuse and crime directly related to what happened to me as a kid,” said Scott Kimball in his Southie accent, talking on the phone from his new home in New Hampshire. “It seems like my past somehow always becomes my future.”

What happened to Kimball is that, at age 13, he was sent to Jamaica Plain’s Nazareth Child Care Center and met Brother Edward Anthony Holmes.

“Brother Tony” was a child rapist who is now in prison for sexually molesting three children. Those abuse survivors include Kimball, who told his story of pain, crime and quest for redemption for the first time publicly to the Gazette.

Holmes pleaded guilty in 2008 to raping Kimball. Since then, Kimball and his attorney—the famous abuse-survivor advocate Mitchell Garabedian—have been seeking a financial settlement and apology from Roman Catholic Church organizations involved in the operation of the now defunct Nazareth: the Archdiocese of Boston, which ran the facility, and the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, where Holmes was a lay brother.

There was no response of any kind, Garabedian said, until last week, when the Boston Archdiocese finally reached out a few days after being contacted about the case by the Gazette.

“This is the first time I’ve heard from the Archdiocese on this matter,” Garabedian said of a standard sexual abuse investigation questionnaire he said he received last week. “I just think this was sent in response to [the Gazette’s] call.”

Archdiocese spokesperson Kelly Lynch said she could not comment on anything specific about Kimball’s case due to privacy and legal concerns.

“We continue to hold in our thoughts and prayers any victims of former Sacred Heart Brother Edward Holmes,” Lynch wrote in a statement to the Gazette. “We encourage any such persons in need of assistance to contact our Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach.”

“In terms of the legal process,” Lynch added, “the Archdiocese reiterates its commitment to conducting discussions with individual survivors in a respectful way to achieve a resolution of the pending claims.”

Joseph Cavanagh Jr., an attorney representing the Congregation based in Fairhaven, Mass., said the religious order never supervised Holmes directly and was unaware of his sexual crimes until long after they happened.

“We wish we knew what he was doing” so he could have been stopped, Cavanagh told the Gazette. “From our point of view…certainly [Congregation officials] feel very badly as a result of anyone who went through anything like that.”

Holmes preyed on at least two other young boys at Nazareth—whose site is now the Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture on Moss Hill—in the 1970s and ’80s, both of whom he repeatedly raped for years. Holmes was convicted in those cases in 2006 and earned a five-year prison sentence. Those survivors remain anonymous. Garabedian said he has won settlements for other survivors of abuse at Nazareth.

“Mr. Kimball should be proud of coming forward and revealing to the world the horrible acts committed by Brother Holmes and the painful emotions [he suffered] as a result,” Garabedian said. “Mr. Kimball is speaking out for many sexual abuse victims who do not yet have the strength to speak out for themselves.”

Kimball said he hopes for some type of acknowledgement from church officials. But most of all, he hopes to save those children who are at risk today.

“If you’re a kid and somebody is doing this, you need to let somebody know. Call the police. Tell your mother,” said Kimball, who kept the abuse secret for years. “What happens to your life is unfathomable. It infects your personality.

“You end up locked up. You end up on drugs. You end up meeting people that you didn’t want to meet. You end up with a life you didn’t want to have.”

Anyone who believes a child may be a victim of sexual abuse or other abuse or neglect can contact the state’s 24-hour Child At Risk Hotline at 1-800-792-5200.

Kimball’s story

“I’m not saying my life would’ve been perfect. I grew up in the projects of South Boston,” said Kimball. That life included domestic troubles for his parents bad enough that the Department of Social Services sent him for brief stays at Nazareth.

But Kimball’s life changed dramatically on his second stint at Nazareth in 1983, where he met Holmes, a resident counselor.

Kimball recalled Holmes as “quiet, soft-spoken. But when you screwed up, he was stern and loud. If you swore, everything would stop, and he’d scream at the top of his lungs.”

Holmes—who was already six years into his prolonged molestation of another boy—had what he called a “playroom” for the children at Nazareth.

“He had one of the first computers,” Kimball said. “Late at night, he’d let kids who were behaving themselves play video games on his computer. That’s where it all started for me.”

“He’d come up behind me and gyrate his penis against my back,” Kimball said of Holmes.

Holmes didn’t get farther than that type of molestation at Nazareth, Kimball said, because the boy soon left to stay with his grandmother in Southie. But then Kimball decided to be polite.

“I called [Holmes] up…to apologize to him,” Kimball said. “I was a troublemaker in there.”

The apology got him an invitation to the Milton house where Holmes lived communally with other lay brothers. The confused and attention-hungry boy accepted, taking the train out to Holmes’s area.

Holmes orchestrated sex with Kimball multiples times over roughly two years in the living room of the house. Holmes also offered backrubs and gifts of money and cigarettes. Kimball was 13 years old when it began.

“I’m from South Boston and I’m supposed to be straight,” Kimball said, recalling his mindset at the time, which was already filling with pain and confusion. “I found myself in conflict with my sexuality.” It would be many years before he could realize that Holmes “used his authority to his advantage and exploited me.”

The sexual abuse ended when Kimball was 15 years old and Holmes abruptly moved, roughly when Nazareth shut down in 1985.

Kimball was left with a lesson: “I learned that by being nice to gay men, I could get what I want,” he said. Then he paused and said he knew the next part would be difficult for many people to hear.

At around age 16, “I found myself hanging out at the Greyhound bus station, turning tricks,” he said. “There are a lot of different reasons why I did it. At the beginning, it was [for] attention.”

“Meantime, I have a girlfriend, and she asks me where I’m getting money. Now I’m lying, conning and conniving,” he said.

Kimball still didn’t fully understand the impact of the sexual abuse, but he had not forgotten what Holmes had done. One night when he was around 18 or 19, Kimball was drinking heavily with one of his brothers and “blurted out” the truth. The two of them headed to Showa’s campus, intending to “raise hell” and smash out a few windows of the hated former Nazareth center. Security guards chased them off.

Five years into his street life, Kimball was arrested for prostitution. His name was in the newspaper. “Now I’m getting shunned by family and friends,” he recalled.

He tried to get a job, but had no work history and began lying on applications. When he did get jobs, he would quickly lose them because of “problems with authority figures.” And on top of that, he began to “run into people I turned tricks with.”

“[I was] trying to fix my life, but I found myself behind the eight ball,” he said. Shame filled him to the point of paranoia: “I don’t trust anybody. I [felt] like everybody could read my mind.”

He tried a “geographical cure”—moving to Florida. That didn’t work, either. He began a life of “petty crime,” including stealing cars. That got him in trouble with the law. So did a domestic violence incident that came when his partner unknowingly hit a sore spot.

“I assaulted my girlfriend because she called me a faggot,” he said.

Booze and cocaine became Kimball’s self-medicated treatments for his growing inner torment. “Throughout my life, I’ve been on drugs, pretty much,” he said.

In 2006, now in his 30s, Kimball was sitting in a Boston jail cell on a drug charge when he opened up a newspaper and read an article about Holmes’ arrest for molesting children.

He had never even suspected that Holmes had abused anyone else. “I thought because…I was special,” Kimball said. “He told me he loved me. He was telling other kids the same thing.”

Reading the article, he was consumed by shame and guilt. Soon Kimball found himself filing his own criminal complaint with the very prosecutors who had just put him away.

He said Suffolk County prosecutors believed that Holmes had molested him at Nazareth, but decided there was not enough evidence to convict. The case for statutory child rape in the Milton house was stronger, and Norfolk County prosecutors took on the case.

As the case dragged on, Kimball got in trouble again on a drug charge. “I was on the run in North Carolina” when Holmes decided to plead guilty, Kimball said.

At Holmes’s court hearing, Kimball was himself in handcuffs when he recited a victim’s impact statement he had written and memorized so he could deliver it directly. It was the first time he had laid eyes on Holmes since the abuse.

“I was looking for an apology,” Kimball said. “I was looking for a look [that said], ‘Scott, I set the stage for your life and for what has become of you.’ And I didn’t get it. He didn’t say a word.”

“There were a lot of different feelings every other minute,” Kimball said of the court experience. One of those thoughts was, “You told me you cared about me. And look what you did. “ Another thought was, “You’re so lucky they’ve got me in cuffs right now.”

Holmes pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory child rape, according to court records and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office. Holmes was sentenced to five years, but in such a way that it essentially added two years to his previous five-year sentence for his other crimes.

“I know he’s having a really hard time in there,” Kimball said of Holmes. “I feel OK with the sentence because I’ve been in jail and I know how [fellow prisoners] treat those people… Most of those guys [in prison] have been in foster homes as kids.”

While reading about Holmes’s arrest was a revelation, Kimball said, his chaotic life remained something of a mystery to himself until Garabedian had him do a mini-autobiography and a psychological evaluation. “All the dots started connecting,” Kimball said, describing how he suddenly realized that even something like not being able to hold down a job tied into the abuse.

He also has an extensive psychologist’s report on himself. “To see it on paper, this 30-page report…to see [the psychologist] breaking down how much damage was done—it was mind-blowing,” he said.

“I usually drink or do drugs after I read this stuff,” he said. “I tried to kill myself a couple times by overdosing, ironically on antidepressants.”

“There’s no such thing as closure,” Kimball said. But an apology from someone—anyone involved—would be nice, he added. Especially nice, he said, would have been an acknowledgment from Holmes that “I’m not an object of fantasy. I’m a person.”

Kimball served his time on his drug charge. His partly estranged sister in New Hampshire agreed to help him out. He moved there recently and managed to get on Social Security. He lives alone.

“I go to therapy,” he said. “I’m seeing a woman. We break up every other day.”

“I’m just trying to find my way through life.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abuse; catholic; childabuse; gay; homosexualagenda; molestation; pedophile; predator; prostitution
This is a good example but a sad story of how molestation effects people especially men. Sex workers in general are more likely to have been molested as are homosexuals. The sad thing is that those who were abused are at much greater likelihood to abuse.
1 posted on 03/05/2010 2:13:08 PM PST by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm

This is why the Church should double its efforts to get homosexuals out of positions of authority.


2 posted on 03/05/2010 2:21:23 PM PST by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded, my brains fell out.)
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To: Maelstorm

Much more common than people realize. Many good decent people struggle with the legacy of abuse. No one ever finds out because we don’t create safe places for these stories.


3 posted on 03/05/2010 2:21:31 PM PST by naturalized
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To: Maelstorm
The Safe Schools Czar considers this a positive tale except for the crime part.

Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings Favorite Book for Teens Too Lewd for Seattle Times (Parents and Teachers for Responsible Schools February 7, 2010 Linda Jordan) 1,246+ views

Press Release February 7, 2010 Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings Favorite Book for Teens Too Lewd for Seattle Times

Newspaper says they can’t print quotes from the book because they are a family newspaper.

GLSEN founder Kevin Jennings has been “queering” public schools for years. Supposedly to help kids struggling with homosexual desires feel “safe”. But Jennings didn’t limit his target group to homosexual teens. He wanted to include what he calls “questioning youth”. GLSEN’s “ Try it. You just might like it.” Target group.

One of the books Jennings wants placed in every middle & high school is “Two Teenagers in Twenty”. In 1999 the Seattle chapter of GLSEN helped get that book in to Seattle Public Schools. Parents objected. At the time School Superintendent Joseph Olchefske disagreed with us. He found the book to “be absolutely consistent with an educational theme”. (Seattle Gay News February 1999)

The book is a collection of essays, purportedly written by homosexual teens. Under the guise of offering advice and encouragement several of them detail sexual encounters they enjoyed as children and teens, sometimes with adults! They are presented as fond memories, not as risky behavior or molestation. One writer tells the reader, “I often wonder how people can say it’s [homosexuality’s] wrong if they have never tried it.” (pg 61) Any “questioning youth” out there?

...Attached are some of the verbatim quotes the Seattle Times found so offensive. Read them. Kevin Jennings is after your children. And it has nothing to do with safety...


4 posted on 03/05/2010 2:22:00 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: PGR88

Not just the Church. School systems too.


5 posted on 03/05/2010 2:22:29 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: naturalized

Today with our increasingly liberal attitude towards sex it is becoming harder as people are desensitized to the horrors not just of the events but of the results. Many young men and women live broken lives and have their ability to form normal relationships and lead normal lives taken from them.


6 posted on 03/05/2010 2:32:17 PM PST by Maelstorm (No one is can logically be entitled to what they do not earn.)
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To: a fool in paradise

It can happen anywhere...The Church just kept a cover on it for years.


7 posted on 03/05/2010 2:33:41 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: Maelstorm

An inevitable result of 1) removing sex from the sanctity of marriage, and 2) defining people by their sexual conduct. It would help if quit calling people “gay” or “homosexuals” and call them people who engage in sexual misconduct. All sexual misconduct is anti-social and ultimately self-defeating.


8 posted on 03/05/2010 2:38:43 PM PST by naturalized
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To: Marysecretary

Schools apparently too with all of the naughty teachers getting busted every week now.

And a “Safe” Schools Czar who supports “seduction” of minors by adults.


9 posted on 03/05/2010 2:44:38 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Maelstorm

I’m 50, been married almost 30 years, raised 4 children, have 6 grandchildren, and am a survivor of both molestation and rape. While my experiences did have a negative effect on my life, it is not a defining issue (because I have refused to allow it to be that). I have never abused drugs (or used them for that matter). I have never abused alcohol (though I do imbibe from time to time). Making and keeping friends was always a problem for me as a child/teenager. I did have anger issues that took me into my mid to late 20’s before I obtained control, but did not result in my doing anything serious. I thank God for having given me the strength to overcome my early life experiences to become who I am today.


10 posted on 03/05/2010 2:45:54 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: Marysecretary

The worst part of this with the Catholic Church is that they could form an order to run centers providing care for those abused in their care, which would be an order of magnitude more helpful than monetary payouts.

Yet they wont.


11 posted on 03/05/2010 2:46:21 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: PGR88

not just homosexuals but child predators no matter what their predilection is.


12 posted on 03/05/2010 2:50:31 PM PST by brwnsuga (Black and Free!!!)
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To: PGR88
This is why the Church should double its efforts to get homosexuals out of positions of authority

I'm of the opinion that the church should get rid of unrepentant homosexuals from their membership period.

13 posted on 03/05/2010 3:00:31 PM PST by Graybeard58 ("0bama's not just stupid; He’s Jimmy Carter stupid”. - Don Imus)
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To: Graybeard58

I agree that the Church was complicit in these horrific crimes of abuse, but it is not “homosexuality” that is the root cause. It is predatory evil.

I am not in the camp of accepting homosexual practices on any level; I believe that homosexual “behavior” is sinful, but sodomizing and raping children is a separate evil and too often they are lumped together incorrectly.


14 posted on 03/05/2010 3:11:02 PM PST by Integrityrocks
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To: a fool in paradise

It’s happening in local schools all too frequently here, too. What is going on with all that. scary stuff.


15 posted on 03/05/2010 4:44:19 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: Maelstorm

I hope this man gets the help he so desperately needs. He started out on the short end of the stick, and the molestation pushed him over the edge.


16 posted on 03/05/2010 7:02:49 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Maelstorm
Jamaica Plain Gazette
17 posted on 03/05/2010 7:35:26 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: naturalized

You are right. Calling this “gay” is one of the major problems. Decades ago, this behavior was known as “queer”. That is clearly a more accurate method of identifying homosexual behavior.


18 posted on 03/06/2010 6:59:09 AM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: MrEdd

That would mean they would have to admit it...


19 posted on 03/07/2010 4:33:00 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: SoldierDad

God bless you and yours.


20 posted on 03/07/2010 4:42:24 PM PST by Palladin (Dear Obama: "Smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette!")
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To: Palladin

Thank you.


21 posted on 03/08/2010 7:44:54 AM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: Marysecretary
The Church just kept a cover on it for years.

Not in this case.

The victims didn't tell anyone for years.

The Church has established strict institutional controls and more diligent scrutiny of volunteers and is actively preventing adult workers and volunteers from being alone with minors.

I had to submit to a criminal background check just to drive my daughter and some classmates from her Catholic school to some apostolic work with some poor kids.

At least that's what's going on the Archdiocese of Atlanta currently.

22 posted on 03/08/2010 7:54:00 AM PST by Trailerpark Badass (One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain.)
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To: PGR88

The greatest evil the Roman Catholic Church engaged in was the deal with the devil in the 60s that changed formal policy that allowed “gay” but not practicing men into the ministry.

This single act is to blame for nearly all of the abuses that have occurred.

Now some diocese are so riddled with homosexuals that they literally run the diocese, and anyone who stands up to their sick perversions is rapidly sent out to pasture.

Most lay members of the church have no idea how infiltrated their church has become with these people.


23 posted on 03/08/2010 7:56:08 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: Trailerpark Badass

I pray all the churches do that. I had to do the same in order to work at our VBS.


24 posted on 03/08/2010 3:08:24 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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