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Thu. 1:34pm: Detroit Archdiocese: No record of abuse with Baker

January 31, 2013

The Detroit Archdiocese is reporting that it has no record of sexual abuse complaints brought against Brother Stephen Baker during his two years in Michiga....

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Jan-31-13 9:29 PM

We must be ever vigilant to the ways the representatives of the Church parse words. To have "no record" of abuse by Baker at St. Mary's Prep does not mean they did not know of his abuses before, during, or after his assignment in MI. Baker perpetrated most of his abuses in sporting and athletic environments.

It is obvious that Baker knew all along what he was doing and felt no guilt and offered no contrition at the end of his life. His only apology was to his bosses and enablers for failing to shield them as they had shielded him. As accessories to Baker's career of crime, all superiors and institutions need to be held criminally and civilly liable and accountable. That is the only way for a civilized and just society to get the message across that rape and molestation of innocent and vulnerable children IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. ... no matter when it happens.

All persons who know, suspected, or were themselves victims of Baker need to come forward, report to the police.

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Jan-31-13 7:14 PM

That means the victims have not spoke up yet.

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Jan-31-13 5:23 PM

Just because the Detroit church officials say they have no records of abuse by Baker, does not mean it did not happen there. That is why we urge anyone who has knowledge or may have been harmed by Brother Stephen Baker, to come forward and contact the "police", no matter how long ago the abuse happened... Also keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others. This is such a sad case. So many, many innocent lives harmed and kept quiet for so long. Child predators need to be kept far away from kids forever. BUT, an even more powerful danger is when high ranking officials enable, empower, and cover up these sex crimes against kids.

Child sex abuse thrives in secrecy and secret systems that allow it to continue to this day,

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail****, "SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests).

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