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Buffalo Abuse Survivor to Speak Publicly for the First Time Today; Survivor Declined Highest Diocesan Settlement Offer

6/18/2019 12:15:00 PM
Diocese of Buffalo failed to remove Fr. Freeman from ministry after at least three reports to the Diocese

(Buffalo, New York)
– On Tuesday in Buffalo, a sexual abuse survivor and the law firms of Steve Boyd, PC and Jeff Anderson & Associates will:

•    Speak publicly for the first time about sexual abuse by Fr. Michael Freeman at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Buffalo, NY and how the Diocese of Buffalo received at least three reports of abuse by Fr. Freeman prior to the survivor’s abuse;
•    Discuss the Diocese of Buffalo’s compensation program and how the survivor chose to decline the highest settlement offer in any compensation program offered thus far in New York, instead opting to pursue a case under the New York Child Victims Act;
•    Announce a filing by the survivor requiring the Diocese of Buffalo to reveal its insurance;
•    Demand the Diocese of Buffalo release all the names of every credibly accused priest who has worked in the Diocese, as well information on the alleged perpetrator’s history, their current whereabouts and what the Diocese knew about alleged child sexual abuse.
•    Encourage sexual abuse survivors to come forward confidentially under the New York Child Victims Act.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM ET

WHERE:  WNED Studios – Studio One
                   140 Lower Terrace
                   Buffalo, NY 14202
Notes: The press conference will be live-streamed via You Tube at and on Facebook at

Contact:   Jeff Anderson: Office: (646)759-2551; Cell: (646)499-3364
                    Steve Boyd: Office: (716)400-0000; Cell: (716)856-7777
                    Mike Reck: Office: (646)759-2551; Cell: (646)493-8058
                    Trusha Goffe: (646)759-2551; Cell: (646)693-6862