Get unlimited digital access to baltimoresun.com. $0.99 for 4 weeks.
News Opinion Readers Respond

Merzbacher's victims are right to demand justice

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 © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Merzbacher must not be freed

    Our view: Despite a Supreme Court ruling on ineffective counsel during plea bargaining, the state still has a strong case to keep a convicted child rapist behind bars

  • Keep Merzbacher in prison

    John Merzbacher was sentenced to four life sentences for the horrific rape of a young girl ("Supreme Court decisions renew interest in petition fighting convicted child rapist's release," March 22). The recent Supreme Court ruling does not offer an automatic end to his sentence because of...

  • Merzbacher victims come together [Pictures]
    Merzbacher victims come together [Pictures]
  • Free community college is a bad idea
    Free community college is a bad idea

    Free community college is another poorly thought idea from President Barack Obama ("Obama turns populist in State of the Union speech," Jan. 21). Am I against opening up the opportunity for many who cannot afford college? Absolutely not, but here is my concern. We already require K-12 education...

  • No known regulations or “best practices” make fracking safe
    No known regulations or “best practices” make fracking safe

    It was gratifying to see fellow members of Gov. Martin O'Malley's commission on hydraulic fracturing, Harry Weiss and Jeff Kupfer, take the time to explain their views on the former governor's proposals for new gas-drilling regulations. Trying to safeguard the public with rules last updated...

  • Ignore the Red Line NIMBYs
    Ignore the Red Line NIMBYs

    Marty Taylor of the Right Rail Coalition has been complaining about the Red Line for many years, long before the final route and plan was presented and approved.

Comments
Loading