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Merzbacher's victims are right to demand justice

Abusive BehaviorRoman Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal

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

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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