Podcast Show Notes

Peter Isely, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin https://www.facebook.com/peter.isely
He is the inspirational co-founder and public face of Ending Clergy Abuse Global (ECA Global) https://www.ecaglobal.org

Our Network, The Network of Survivors of Abuse in Faith-based Institutions and Their Supporters are proud to be on the Assembly of this 5 -continent 21- nation multi-cultural, multi-lingual body affiliated with Bishops Accountability http://www.bishop-accountability.org/ and the wonderful Anne Barret Doyle.

We have been present at both the Rome Summit of February 2019 where our haka went viral https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/02/kiwi-man-s-powerful-haka-at-vatican-challenges-catholic-church-s-child-sex-abuse.html
and at the recent summit in Rome (February 20 to 23rd 2020) which featured the deaf survivors of the Provolo schools in Mendoza and La Plata, Argentina. These survivors are now all close friends of our New Zealand Network.

One of the survivors, Mr Ezequiel Villalonga, now wears a manaia bone pendant (Māori sea horse guardian motif) gifted to him by our Network to him and he joined in a second haka in Rome to the wonderment and delight of all present.

For a full account of this Rome event go to our official Facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/NZfaithbasedsurvivornetwok/
and https://www.facebook.com/occulonz/

Peter Isely’s influence and advocacy has been deep and profound and none so more evident than in this video posted by Mr Roman Krasnitsky of The Archangel Foundation (another Network friend) at the Twilight Vigil at Castel Sant’Angelo, Parko Adriano, Rome, February 22, 2020.

and his advocacy with others at the UN in Geneva days before


About The Guest

Peter Isely holding photo of him as a child

Peter Isely

“If the pope cannot end abuses and cover-ups in Argentina he will not be able to do it anywhere else. This is where he has more power, influence, it is symbolically the most important country in the fight against abuse in the world,” Peter Isely, co-founder of Ending Clergy Abuse, told The Associated Press.

Peter Isely is a survivor of childhood sexual assault by a Wisconsin priest, one of the founding members of SNAP and previous Midwest Director. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a psychotherapist in private practice, Peter established and directed the nation’s only inpatient program for victims of clergy sexual trauma at Rogers Memorial Hospital located outside Milwaukee. He was co-founder of ECA Global and now its major spokesperson

Peter is the recipient of the 2010 Equal Justice Medal of the Legal Aid Society.

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About The Host

Murray Heasley

Murray is an advocate and historian for The Network of Survivors of Abuse in Faith-based Institutions and Their Supporters and a founding member of The Reckoning NZ