Standing in support

Former sexually abused students of John Joseph Merzbacher and some of their family members stand in support to keep Merzbacher in prison after the sexual abuse that took place 40 years ago at the Catholic Community Middle School in Locust Point. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun / April 21, 2012)

It is difficult to describe my feelings on reading about the horrific story years of violence and sexual abuse of Catholic school children at the hands of John Merzbacher ("Prepared to make their voices heard," April 29).

That there could be any chance of Mr. Merzbacher being released back into the community is hard to imagine. I don't believe there is often much "justice" in our country's criminal justice system, but this has to be one of the most blatant examples of how the victims seem to bear the brunt of the crime and the perpetrators continue to be shown mercy and granted rights they should not have.

I am astounded at the bravery these survivors have shown, and I applaud their efforts to come together to be heard and to make sure that this extremely violent pedophile never sees the light of day again. As a survivor of sexual abuse myself, there is nothing I would not do to support them in their quest for justice.

Betsy Schindler, Baltimore