Local Survivors in Rome for Clergy Sex Abuse Conference
For the past year, we have continued to cover the clergy sex abuse scandal as it unfolded here in Pennsylvania.
But now the focus is on Rome, for the first ever papal conference on sexual abuse.
And two men who say they were abused years ago by Erie Catholic Diocese priests are there.
Jim VanSickle and James Faluszczak spoke with us today by Facetime and Skype.
They hope Pope Francis and 115 key bishops from around the world take concrete action to stop abuse and cover ups.
But they also want to be a voice for victims.
VanSickle said, "I think that they need to be aware that we are here. I think we're going to voice ourselves loudly."
Faluszczak said, "Whatever I am doing in this regard I am trying to give my voice to people who like myself even just a year ago was afraid to speak out."
The four day conference that starts tomorrow.