Friday, May 13, 2011

Discrimination alleged at Sheriff's Department by victim of clergy sexual abuse

The Boston Globe reported today that a correction officer for the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department has filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination alleging that he was harassed by his supervisors and co-workers for the past six years after he revealed that he had been sexually abused by a priest as a child.  The complaint includes numerous examples of alleged harassment, such as his locker being defaced with sexually graphic messages, lewd jokes made against him, and a deputy yelling at the officer to perform a sexual act on a priest.  According the Globe, the officer reported the abuse to the jail superintendent, who told him to "man up." Afterward, the harassment allegedly intensified.  The article also describes a letter from the Department to the officer in November 2010 that remarked on the officer's "sporadic attendance" record while he was receiving treatment, and warned him that the Department could not permit any more disruption to its daily operations due to such absences.

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