Sex Abuse Help Fund Doubled

by John McKiggan

A fund to pay for sexual abuse counselling for male survivors of abuse by priests has been doubled.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of London has increased funding for it’s Silence to Hope project from $30,000.00 to $60,000.00.

The London Free Press reported that:

The Roman Catholic diocese set up the program in response to several cases of abuse by priests, especially the abuse inflicted by a defrocked priest, the late Charles Sylvestre, who was convicted and jailed for abusing 47 women over a 30-year-old period across the region.

Sylvestre is one of Canada’s most notorious sexual abusers. The Catholic Church knew about Sylvestre’s abuse and covered it up for decades. I posted about the claims here.

The new program is designed specifically for male survivors of sexual abuse. The problem is one of gigantic proportions. The London Free Press reported:

It’s estimated there could be more than 15,000 male victims in the London region alone.

Here is the contact information: Tom Wilken at Hope and Healing Associates, 519-676-7613 or toll free 1-877-676-7613, or by e-mail at

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