A few things caught my attention, which I placed in bold red.
1. The claim that “victims of sexual abuse require years or decades to recognize they were abused and report it” is classic availability bias. As Father Gordon has shown, there were thousands of sex offenders in prison, and the time lapse between victim and and abuse reporting was within weeks or months, not years or decades. The only exception were Catholic priests.
Even Father Brouillard was reported within weeks by the victim, which was the reason why Archbishop Flores transferred him to the U.S. When Jon Fernandez, the Superintendent of the Guam Department of Education, was accused of sexual harassment, the report was within two months. In fact, even Tim Rohr admitted that he reported the attempted sex abuse of his priest to the bishop in his diocese only a day after it occurred. It did not take him years or decades to report it.
2. The John Jay study commissioned by the U.S. Bishops revealed that the highest percentage of accusers of Catholic priests came forward not in the 1960s to 1980s when the abuse was claimed to have occurred, but between 2002 and 2004 when Catholic dioceses entered, or were forced into, mediated or “blanket” settlements.
When CCOG and Tim Rohr published their sex abuse ad in May, 2016, only 4 alleged victims came out and all of them accused Archbishop Apuron. Only one came out in the public hearing accusing Father Louis Brouillard. Four months later, on September 23, 2016, Governor Eddie Calvo signed the bill into law, allowing alleged victims to sue the alleged abusers and the institution for MONEY. After that, we suddenly see a whole horde of alleged victims filing lawsuits, most of them targeting Father Louis Brouillard who already confessed.
3. The insurers took the position that bishops and dioceses had prior knowledge of the history of most of the priests accused in the 1990s. Despite obtaining the files, the insurers ended up providing coverage because the written records simply did not support the insurers’ own availability bias, i.e., that the bishops knew of the abuse and covered it up. The majority of the claims, the insurers found, surfaced for the first time as money was being demanded, and not when the abuse was alleged to have occurred. The one who knew about the sexual abuse of Father Louis Brouillard and covered it up was Archbishop Flores. Archbishop Apuron should not be held liable for what Archbishop Flores did.