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Ctpost (see link for full article):
Perlitz has pleaded not guilty to 24 international sex charges and is awaiting an October trial in New Haven federal court.
Before that will happen, U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton must rule on a defense motion to dismiss the indictment.
William F. Dow, III and David Grudberg, Perlitz’s New Haven-based defense lawyers, have attacked the indictment on jurisdictional grounds claiming the prosecution can’t link any of the alleged assaults to conduct that took place in Connecticut.
Meanwhile, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Krishna Patel and Stephen Reynolds counter that there are several Connecticut links. They point to the program being funded primarily with money from Fairfield County Catholics, Perlitz’s travel arrangements being made here and he maintained a residence here.
But it’s the plight of the boys who will be brought to New Haven to testify at Perlitz’s trial that is the concern of victim advocates.
“A lot of groups are paying attention to this story and what is happening with these boys in Haiti,” said Paul Kendrick, a founding member of Voice of the Faithful’s Maine chapter which advocates for the victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy. “These young boys put themselves at risk by coming forward to report the abuse.
“Since then they have seen their school closed and been thrown back onto the streets. Now is not the time to forget them.”
Kendrick said he has talked with medical professionals in the U.S. and was advised how important psychological counseling is at this stage.
“A psychotherapist who travels to a place like Haiti and thinks that all he or she is going to need to do is meet with clients in a private office is mistaken,” said Kendrick. “First, the children who were abused are going to need structure in their lives. They will need food. They will need a safe place to live. They will need to be enrolled in school.”
He said other professionals explained “the same toxic feelings of shame, guilt, self loathing, remorse are evident in all children who have been sexually abused, no matter what culture or country they come from. I guess just meeting some of their basic needs is therapeutic,” Kendrick said. “But what do we tell them when the $2,600 is gone?”
Bags containing rice, beans, spaghetti, tomato paste and a gallon of oil, along with shoes, were distributed to most of the boys this week.
Cyrus Sibert, the Haitian journalist who exposed the abuse, convinced a Puerto Rican doctor doing volunteer work in Haiti to provide medical treatment at no cost.
Some of the money was used to purchase an asthma pump for one boy, dental care for another and needed medicine for two others. The bags were assembled and distributed at Sibert’s Radio Souvenir, an FM station in Cap-Haitien.
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