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Procession Survivors: Where Are They Now?


Director Robert Greene’s newest enterprise, ‘Procession,’ on Netflix is a strong documentary about therapeutic. Six victims who say they had been sexually abused as kids by the hands of clergymen re-live their previous trauma. Using a drama therapist, they script and re-enact their abuse experiences, resulting in harrowing however shifting outcomes. As the documentary progresses, we be a part of the six males on their journey of working via their trauma. So, for those who’re inquisitive about the place they could be as we speak, right here’s what we all know!

Where is Michael Sandridge Now?

In June 2011, Michael filed a lawsuit that alleged sexual abuse by priest Michael Tierney. Michael was about 13 years outdated within the early Seventies. At the time, he claimed that Tierney began exhibiting him particular consideration. A shy boy when he was younger, Michael was a member of the St Elizabeth Catholic Church in Kansas City, Missouri. According to Michael, Tierney invited him to go swimming on the native YMCA. The locker room was empty there, and after Tierney unrobed, he took off Michael’s trunks, they usually swam collectively bare.

Michael remembered crying all the way in which again residence. He additionally claimed that the Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph knew about Tierney’s conduct however helped cowl it up. In 2018, relating to the way it affected him, Michael said, “I’d be driving in the car, and think, ‘If — if I hit the bridge and I get killed that way, then I don’t have to think about anything.” Michael added that Tierney would urge him to cease crying, claiming that was how particular mates behaved with one another.

Michael settled the lawsuit with the church in 2014. Today, he nonetheless lives in Kansas City, Missouri, and works as an inside designer. Regarding going via with the documentary, he said, “Well, I was always weird. And now maybe people understand why I was so weird. So it’s a healing process for me if people understand that one thing can change your whole life. You hear that you see it, but you really don’t get it. But it’s true for some people. And it helped me get over that one thing.”

Where is Joe Eldred Now?

In November 2011, Joe claimed that he was abused between the ages of 9 and twelve when he was in Independence, Missouri. Joe named three clergymen: Fr Mark Honhart, Fr Thomas Reardon, and Msgr Thomas O’Brien. He stated, “I had repressed memories, and they didn’t really surface until earlier this year.” Joe said that he was abused throughout the early Nineteen Eighties, alleging the abuse came about on the parish and at a lake home the place he was given medication and alcohol earlier than it occurred.

The complete expertise affected Joe deeply, with him speaking of his lowest level, “It looked like a rope around my neck and me sitting on the windowsill, ready to jump.” The Diocese had obtained a number of warnings relating to O’Brien’s conduct up to now. Like Michael, Joe additionally settled his lawsuit in 2014. Joe lives together with his spouse, Sherri, in Kansas City and works at a Christian residence for youth. In the documentary, Joe visited the lake home the place a few of the abuse occurred, which helped as a result of his recurring nightmares stopped.

Where is Tom Viviano Now?

It took Tom a suicide attempt to lastly make sense of what occurred to him up to now. In June 2016, Tom got here ahead as a sufferer of sexual abuse by the hands of a priest. He alleged that Rev Charles DeGuire pressured him to carry out oral intercourse on the church and on a ship he used. The abuse went on for 3 years, beginning in 1967, and Tom was solely ten years outdated when it started. He added {that a} completely different priest knew about it, and one other priest participated in it as properly.

Regarding why Tom got here ahead, he stated, “I want to do this for children and anyone who has dealt with this so that they know someone is in their corner.” Tom’s alleged abuser died in 1985. Tom couldn’t share his story within the documentary as a result of his case was nonetheless in courtroom, however he stated that he was privileged to assist others within the group heal by performing out their tales. Tom appears to be doing a lot better now. He works for the City of Kansas City and lives there together with his spouse, Tina.

Where is Mike Foreman Now?

Mike had accused Finnian Meiss of abusing him. At the time, many others alleged abuse at his fingers. He was solely 11 years outdated when it occurred, and Mike stated that he handled years of self-hatred and anger earlier than issues made sense to him. According to Mike, it occurred the primary time at Finnian’s home, and after he advised his mom, she was blind to it. He stated that she baked a cake for Finnian and dropped him again on the priest’s home.

He additionally remembered what occurred after the assault, “Finnian Miess laid on the floor in a fetal position and had me beat him with this pillow. Well, I found out later that several of his victims reported the same thing.” In December 2013, he obtained a letter from Archbishop Joseph Naumann that questioned his credibility. This remained a supply of anger for Mike. In the documentary, he let his rage out by recreating when the unbiased evaluate board shut his case down. This time round, in a cathartic second, he set free how he actually felt. Mike talked about within the movie that he has lived alone and stains decks. He additionally has a website that goes into his tragic story intimately.

Where is Dan Laurine Now?

In the documentary, Dan talked about being abused when he was in fifth grade at a lake home, very like Joe. His brother, Tim, went via a equally harrowing expertise as properly. Later on, after they had been each adults, they met with the Diocese’s unbiased evaluate board, a gathering arrange by their mom. He stated, “It was a whole table of people wanting us to tell these stories that we hadn’t told each other. We hadn’t told anybody. And we’re both turning back into little boys — scared and trying to explain what happened to us.”

Daniel, who works as a location supervisor for movies and different productions, stated that his preliminary involvement was solely to assist the group scout for capturing areas, however he ultimately determined to take part. After studying the form of impact the documentary had, he said, “All of our anxieties, hopes, and desires, now are being turned into this idea that we could actually facilitate change and help people? That is something great to wake up to.” Today, Dan lives in Lees Summit, Missouri, together with his accomplice, Dana.

Where is Ed Gavagan Now?

With ‘Procession,’ Ed revealed his identification as an alleged abuse sufferer for the primary time. Ed grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and claimed that he was abused by Bishop Joseph Hart. In the movie, he recreates an incident of abuse that he stated came about within the bed room of a rectory. When Ed talked of the abuse in 2002, the authorities closed the case claiming lack of proof. In July 2018, the case was reopened when one other man got here ahead accusing Hart. There had been many others after that.

Over time, Ed talked of coming to phrases with what occurred, including, “For the first time, I’m able to think it wasn’t my fault. I was a victim. And I had no responsibility for what happened to me. The shame belongs on the shoulders of the bishop and the people who protected him.” Ed lives in New York City, New York, together with his spouse and daughter. In the previous, he was additionally a sufferer of a brutal assault that was a part of a gang initiation. Ed owns a profitable design and constructing agency in New York City and had beforehand talked of the gang assault at varied exhibits.

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