The following message from Prep’s president, Fr. Kenneth J. Boller, S.J. was shared with various constituencies within the Prep community via email this morning.
Dear Members of the Prep Community,
This week, the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus made public the names of Jesuits against whom credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors have been recorded. The allegations of abuse span several decades, with some allegations dating back over 50 years.
We share this information with you in the interest of transparency since several of the Jesuits included on the list were assigned to Prep at some point in their careers. Please click here to read the Northeast Province list and a letter from the Provincial. The fact that a Jesuit previously assigned to Prep is included on the list does not mean that any alleged abuse took place while he was active here. Nonetheless, we feel that it is important to share this information with you at this time.
In recent years, the Jesuits and Prep have developed and implemented strict safe environment policies and protocols in an attempt to prevent abuse from happening and to encourage and enable the immediate and proper reporting of any suspect behavior on the part of any member of our community.
In August, following the release of the grand jury report on child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania, we shared a letter with our parent community, outlining the steps that Prep has taken to foster a safe environment for our current students. Please click here to read that letter.
In speaking about the grand jury report, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R., the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark (the diocese in which Prep sits), spoke of the feelings of “anger, shame and despair” that revelations of sexual abuse of minors and cover-ups engender in the faithful.
We share those feelings in the wake of the Northeast Province’s disclosure of this information.
The actions taken by the Northeast Province – and by other provinces in recent weeks – are a necessary step in the healing process. We pray that the release of this information will aid victims in their own healing.
Finally, if you or anyone you know may have been sexually abused while at Prep, we urge you to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at 201-795-6400 and, if a Jesuit was involved, please also contact the Northeast Province’s victim advocate, Ms. Kristin Austin at 443-370-6357 or 443-921-1310. We have also named Prep’s licensed clinical social worker, Mr. Christopher Robinson, LCSW, as our own Victims’ Assistance Coordinator. He can be reached at VictimsAssistance@spprep.org or 201-547-6452.
Please join us in our prayers for the victims and their families and their comfort.
Rev. Kenneth J. Boller, S.J.