My name is Robert Kirby and I’m 83 years
old. I’m Shaun Dougherty, 48 years old. Carolyn
Fortney, 37. I grew up in a small western Pennsylvania town, Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
I grew up in Bethlehem. Enhaut, which is like behind Steel-High High School,
Steelton area. I was groomed starting young. The day I met him I was
about 18 months old. They targeted me because I was fatherless. I was in my
diaper and I ran out and ran right to him. We were taught, I mean the priests
and the nuns are God. Just like the word God makes me think of him and I just … You’re being groomed to get used to a
grown man’s hands, you know, on you regularly. So he would always have his
hands on me. When you have the priests touching you every day,
you know, that’s a hard memory to have, the first thought of an erection that
you have in your life is by the hands of the priest. All of a sudden he was gone.
Father Koharchick my eighth grade year was just up and moved with no notice, no
anything. The town was devastated, everybody loved him. They haven’t found
out yet. He abused it and the church covered it up. Who would have believed me? A
priest? In 1948 or ’47 would abuse you? They never heard of such a thing. Because
they covered it up. It doesn’t ever go away. It has an effect on you for the
rest of your life. And I’m a survivor. This is not a vendetta against the
church. We’re called survivors for a reason. These are people that these
priests ruined their lives and they still at 83 years old still affects them. I just
feel like I’ve … like my whole life has been a lie. It has absolutely destroyed me. My children suffered. My wife
suffered. My dad found out and he went crazy. I was very unaffectionate.
I couldn’t show any affection with my wife. I had no desire to have children.
None because of this. My children I couldn’t hold or hug. I didn’t feel
comfortable at all. I still don’t feel comfortable now in relationships. No
kids for me. The affection I couldn’t give to her
and thanks to Father Rohrer, he took that away from me. I mean it’s affected my
life so much. This is a lifelong issue with survivors. They have to be
accountable, the church, for what they did. I’ve waited for a long time for this. I
think this report is gonna help people who don’t have a family because they’re
gonna know that there’s a lot of people out there now that believe them and are
behind them. This is one of the proudest things I’ve ever done in my life. I’m so
happy. Speaking about your abuse is a very
important step in the healing process. I just was always saying, “They’re not
gonna beat me.” Oh, it’ll just be refreshing to not have to pretend like I’m someone else all the time. It’s very lonely. Especially when
it’s your word against God’s.