Road to Recovery event today in Belleville, NJ

November 16, 2012

A brief announcement for anyone in the area:

What:
A demonstration and leafleting outside a Hall of Fame induction ceremony of the Essex Catholic High School Foundation. Essex Catholic High School was located in Newark and East Orange, NJ, and closed in 2003.

When:
Friday, November 16, 2012 from 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM.

Where:
On the sidewalk outside the Chandelier Restaurant, 340 South Franklin Avenue, Belleville, NJ.

Who:
James O’Gara, formerly of West Orange, NJ and a graduate of the class of 1986, who was abused nearly every day of his high school life at Essex Catholic High School by Principal Brother A. Thomas Hewitt, CFC. O’Gara will speak publicly about his abuse for the first time; Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, Co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and graduate of the class of 1970, who was sexually groomed by teacher Br. S. Anthony Ferro, CFC; Samuel Rivera, Angel Nieves, and Miguel Nieves who are survivors of sexual abuse by Fr. John Laferrera of the Essex Catholic class of 1965. The Archdiocese of Newark recently settled six cases of abuse by Laferrera for more than $300,000.00; and supporters, relatives, and friends of the victims.

Why:
The Essex Catholic Foundation is attempting to keep the memory of Essex Catholic High School alive despite the fact that the school was closed by the Archdiocese of Newark in 2003. Numerous requests have been submitted to the leadership of the Essex Catholic Foundation for support of sexual abuse victims and they have refused to help survivors and victims of the following abusers:

1) Br. A. Thomas Hewitt, CFC – Former Principal of Essex Catholic
2) Br. S. Anthony Ferro, CFC – Former Essex Catholic Teacher
3) Br. J. M. Heustis, CFC – Former Essex Catholic Teacher
4) Br. J. Vincent Hanney, CFC – Former Essex Catholic Teacher
5) Rev. John Laferrera – Class of 1965 who abused many young boys in Newark, NJ

James Craig Hoatson, Essex Catholic class of 1967 and cousin of Dr. Robert Hoatson, committed suicide in 1979 after having been sexually abused by Br. J.M. Heustis, CFC. Robert Hoatson appealed to the Essex Catholic Foundation for support of his cause for justice for the family of James Craig Hoatson and received no response.

Despite knowing that Fr. John Laferrera was accused of sexually abusing young boys at Immaculate Conception Parish, Newark, the Essex Catholic Foundation expressed its support for Laferrera and not for his victims, at least one of whom attended Essex Catholic High School.

There are at least a half-dozen cases of sexual abuse against Br. J. Vincent Hanney who used to take Essex Catholic students on “naked camping trips” where sexual abuse took place.

Since the Irish Christian Brothers’ North American Province declared bankruptcy two years ago, over 400 complaints of sexual abuse against Irish Christian Brothers have been filed, including several against Irish Christian Brothers who served at Essex Catholic High School.

Contacts:
Robert M. Hoatson, Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800

Road to Recovery, Inc.
P.O. Box 279
Livingston, NJ 07039
862-368-2800
roberthoatson@gmail.com
November 15, 2012