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NEWS RELEASE: Friday, November 5th and Friday, November 12th 2010

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A landmark Oprah Show event that's never been done before. Two hundred men courageously stand together to say they were all molested.

I was invited to and attended two tapings of the OPRAH SHOW, on male survivors of sexual abuse with Tyler Perry. The shows will be aired on Friday, November 5th and Friday, November 12th - There were 200 male survivors in the audience. Not sure if my interview made the final cut but it was a moving experience.

NEWS RELEASE: Friday, November 5th 2010

ABC Channel 11 Interview

Abuse victim on Oprah from North Carolina

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RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Oprah Winfrey helped pull back the curtain on sexual abuse with her show Thursday by inviting 200 men - all victims - to share their stories with the world.

Charles Bailey is now using his troubled past to help keep today's children safe from predators.

Bailey tried to shut out the horrors of his past - not telling anyone about his secret for 40 years. But one day he told his wife. "I just came out. I could no longer hold it back. The horror on her face was amazing. She dropped everything and came over, sat with me, held me, and we wept for a couple of hours as I tried to tell her as much as I could get out," he recalled.

Now, Charles Bailey is standing shoulder to shoulder with other men who are victims of abuse just like himself. They're telling their stories as part of an Oprah Winfrey show series.

NEWS RELEASE: Saturday, May 29, 2010

WRAL's David Crabtree talks with a man who was abused by a Catholic priest as a child.

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Join David Crabtree on WRAL-TV as he goes “On the Record” on a variety of subjects. "On the Record" is a half-hour discussion of the most current topics, political discussions and news events of the week.

David goes behind the headlines for a more in-depth discussion of the issues, every Saturday at 7-7:30 p.m. on WRAL-TV.

NEWS RELEASE: Published Thu, Apr 29, 2010

Out of the Shadows

BY YONAT SHIMRON - Staff Writer for News and Observer (newspaper for Raleigh/Durham area)

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Charles Bailey Jr. was repeatedly raped by a priest starting when he was 10. Now 59, the father of four and grandfather of 10, he lives with his wife in Fuquay-Varina and every Wednesday volunteers on a national help line for those abused by priests.

FUQUAY-VARINA -- For Charles L. Bailey Jr., the triggers serve as a constant reminder of the past.

There's the sight of the square white clerical collar, the "click" of the door closing, the words of the Lord's Prayer, and especially, "thy will be done."

From out of nowhere, these random sights, sounds and phrases take him back to two horrific years from 1961 to 1963 when Bailey was repeatedly raped by a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Syracuse, N.Y.

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Church in crisis

The Roman Catholic Church has come under increasing scrutiny over how it handles accusations of sexual abuse of minors by priests. What once appeared to be a U.S. scandal has morphed into an international crisis, with Ireland, Germany and now Chile the latest countries to see accusers step forward with accounts of clerical sexual abuse. Pope Benedict XVI is under fire for his handling of charges against priests as archbishop of Munich and later as head of a Vatican office that oversees doctrine.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, members of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Raleigh gathered in their community center to try to comprehend the incomprehensible. Although the Diocese of Raleigh has removed only a half-dozen priests because of sex abuse allegations, the number of relocated survivors from other parts of the country is growing.

For Bailey, who retired in 1998 from a New York state utility company, healing from childhood abuse has become his life's goal. The SUV parked in his garage is emblazoned with the name of his book and the words: "A mother's dream becomes a son's worst nightmare."

In his home, Bailey sits at his computer keeping track of websites such as http://bishop accountability.org , a Massachusetts nonprofit that documents the crisis.

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NEWS RELEASE: Sunday, October 26, 2008

30 more victims of one priest come forward when book gets published, probably just the tip of the iceberg

By Kay Ebeling

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"I’ve sent the bishop eight survivors of Neary and each one said the bishop told them they were the only person that had come forward about Neary," said Charles Bailey, pictured at right. He is getting justice today for brutal sex crimes committed against him at age ten by Father Thomas Neary, by putting his story out in the public. His book In The Shadow Of The Cross gives graphic shocking disgusting PTSD-inducing detail of the serial felonies, and you cannot put it down. More alarming, Bailey went on a small book tour in the Syracuse area where the book takes place, and in venue after venue, people came up after he spoke and said, "my brother was also raped by Neary," or my uncle, my husband, my dad - dozens of people with the same horrid story of the same horrid modus operandi.

With young Bailey and numerous others, Neary insinuated himself into families, convinced reverent mothers that their young boys were almost perfect for the priesthood, they just needed personal counseling. In household after household in towns like Onondaga Hill, Hannibal, Jordan, and Skaneateles, Father Neary convinced mothers to keep the rest of the children aside as he took a 9 or 10 year old boy into a room - then while reciting The Lord’s Prayer he sodomized them, prepubescent boys, or forced his face-sized penis into the their mouths, all the time telling the boys that sodomy and fellatio are part of their training to be a priest.

In the Shadow of the Cross tells so outlandish a story, even I began to wonder if it could be true, especially since Charles Bailey says probably 30 people have come to him so far, saying they or a family member were assaulted by Neary. Yet, NONE OF THEM will tell their story alongside Charlie in public, or even to a reporter or blogger like me, even if we keep details anonymous.

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Video from Live Web Cast: Thursday, August 21, 2008

Educating To End Abuse Show

Giving Victims a Voice - www.educatingtoendabuse.com

Full hour video from my interview with Peggy Warren

Watched live on www.kctu.com Guest speaker: Charles L. Bailey Jr.

Topic: Clergy Sexual Abuse - Call in toll free with questions or comments 1-866-905-8855

It will be a live web cast so anyone with a pc can watch it live (Thursday, August 21, 2008 7pm EST). Anyone can call in with the toll free number to ask questions of me.

You Tube Article, featuring the Author; Charles L. Bailey Jr.

My name is Sue. I am Charles' wife of over 35 years. I wanted to thank Charley for disclosing his childhood abuse to me. It was a sign of trust. He is helping all those who have been abused and those that haven't but are near to someone who has been abused. His book is his legacy and I couldn't be prouder to be his wife.

NEWS RELEASE: Monday, April 28, 2008

Pope must address sex criminals in church

By Charles L. Bailey Jr.

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As an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse by a Catholic priest, I don't know if I'm more deeply hurt or offended by the pope's visit. As head of the Catholic Church, he should talk less and do more about his offending bishops and priests.

For Pope Benedict to say he is "ashamed" by the sex scandal is an insult to us survivors. To say he feels bad about the damage to the church is very offensive. What about the damage to the children? Meeting with a few survivors doesn't cut it.

He should have met with the National Leadership of SNAP, the Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests. SNAP followed proper channels to meet with the pope in advance of his visit, but received no response.

It is past time for the pope to address these men as what they are. They are criminals, felony criminals at that. In every other sect of society it is a felony crime to rape a child, as I was raped.

The charter for the protection of children states: "Complete openness and transparency" with regard to the sex abuse scandal. How can our bishop have a list of 49 suspected priests, going back to 1950, and be able to keep it secret? If a school district had a list of 49 suspect teachers, wouldn't there be public outrage and demand for the names? Why is our bishop allowed to keep such secrets?

The abuse is documented by Father Doyle, Sipe and Wall in their new book, "Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes The Catholic Church's 2,000-year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse."

Pope Benedict has kept the most notorious of all American bishops in handling the clergy sexual abuse on the job in the literal and figurative center of Catholic power. That's Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, whom the Vatican plucked for a prominent position in Rome after Law resigned over public outcry because of his cover-ups of predator priests.

Pope Benedict, since becoming pope, hasn't disciplined or spoken out against a single U.S. bishop who failed to enforce the 2002 policy on child sexual abuse. Among these bishops is Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. George's failure to heed warnings about pedophile priest Daniel McCormack led to more children being abused between 2004 and 2005. McCormack was arrested in 2006 and sent to jail.

Pope Benedict ignored the Dallas Morning News report on "Runaway Priests" about several proven, admitted and some credibly accused U.S. pedophile priests who fled the country to where? To Rome, where they live and work in and around the Vatican.

Pope Benedict hasn't disciplined or spoken out against diocese or religious orders, including St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., which allows a convicted clergy sex offender to repeatedly lead retreats on its grounds, and misleads the public about its so-called monitoring of predator monks. In fact, the pope just welcomed the abbot and others from the abbey to the Vatican a few weeks back to promote a Bible the abbey publishes.

Cardinal Ratzinger ignored repeated complaints from eight Legion of Christ seminarians who came forward in 1998 to say the order's founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel Degollado, sexually abused them. As cardinal, he slapped ABC-TV investigative reporter Brian Ross on the wrist (literally) for even asking a question about the case. (In 2006, Pope Benedict "invited" Maciel to live a "life of prayer and penance" but prohibited a church trial, much less turn him over the police). For articles, go to snapnetwork.org

NEWS RELEASE: April 3, 2008

Cazenovia College's Human Services Lecture Series - Ref: 080423HumanSvcLectureBailey

Contact: Wayne Westervelt, director of communications - Phone: 315-655-7377

Survivor Charles L. Bailey to Speak about Sexual Abuse

Part of Cazenovia College's Human Services Program "Child Abuse Month" Events

Cazenovia, N.Y. - "One of every five women, one of every nine men. These are the estimated numbers of people who have suffered sexual abuse, many at the hands of a trusted family member, a friend, a priest…" said Charles L. Bailey, Jr., author of "In the Shadow of the Cross," a heart-wrenching account of what he suffered as a child at the hands of a priest, in the house where his trusting mother unknowingly abetted the victimizer by allowing "private counseling" in her son's bedroom.

April is observed nationally as Prevent Child Abuse Month. On Tuesday, April 22, as part of Cazenovia College's Human Services Lecture Series, Bailey will speak in Hubbard Hall on Seminary Street in Cazenovia from 6 to 8 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture will be introduced by Martha Ryan, of the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center in Syracuse.

Like most victims of sexual abuse by a person of authority, Bailey was threatened and shamed into silence; for more than 40 years the threats and the shame kept him silent. Recovery only began when a chance event forced him to reveal his secret to his wife, who helped him go into counseling and begin to come to grips with what the priest had done to his life.

"I never forgave the priest," said Bailey. "But I was finally able to forgive myself." Through this forgiveness and understanding, Bailey has become a dedicated advocate for victims of abuse. His mantra became, "Not one more child." He is involved with SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests), and has worked with the FBI to develop profiling criteria for sexual predators, and with many organizations around the country that serve victims of abuse.

Cazenovia College, named one of "America's Best Colleges" by US News & World Report, is an independent, co-educational, baccalaureate college. Located near Syracuse, N.Y., Cazenovia College offers a comprehensive liberal arts education in an exceptional community environment, with academic and co-curricular programs devoted to developing leaders in their professional fields. For more information, visit www.cazenovia.edu.

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007
Article - Mea Maxima Culpa
By Barry Crimmins (Former Air America Radio writer and correspondent, internationally renowned political satirist and author of the acclaimed Seven Stories Press book "Never Shake Hands With A War Criminal")

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A few years back my dear childhood friend, John Considine, called me to ask if I had seen that morning's Syracuse Post Standard. I hadn't. He said. "Well go online and check it out. There's a story about Neary in there."

I KNEW what the story would be. I knew that one or some of his victims had come forward to blow the whistle on him.

One had --a courageous man named Charles L. Bailey Jr. disclosed that he’d suffered unspeakable abuse at the hands of Thomas Neary. Simple math told me that the satanic maggot had victimized Charles just before he had been assigned to Skaneateles. I immediately called the Post-Standard writer to tell her that although I had never been sexually abused by Neary, I’d dealt with him for years as a child and had absolutely no doubt concerning the veracity of Charles’ story. She said there was no need for that-- several other victims had already called in. I gave her my contact info and asked that it be passed along to Mr. Bailey.

He called me that day and told me details that were shocking even to me, a true believer in the depravity of Thomas Neary. I had wildly underestimated the evil he was not only capable of but had committed for years before the Catholic Church decided to stow him away in Skaneateles. We spoke by phone a number of times and I promised to help "in any way I could."

The Post Standard (a Syracuse, NY local Newspaper) - June 28th, 2007
Article - Priest Accused in New Book
By Mike McAndrew "Staff writer at the Post Standard"

"Dear God, are you there? This is Charles Bailey. I am ten years old. . .A man in priestly robes has just raped me."

"Is he one of yours?. . .How could you let this happen?"

That's how Bailey, 56, a burly Lysander grandfather and retired Niagara Mohawk worker, begins "In the Shadow of the Cross," a new book believed to be the first written by a local clergy abuse victim.

In his book, Bailey recounts in painful detail how the Rev. Thomas Neary, a Catholic priest in the Syracuse Diocese, raped him dozens of times from 1961 to 1963 when he was 10 to 12 years old.

He describes how the abuse affected his entire life, how he kept the secret for 40 years before telling his wife, and how he still struggles to make peace with God.

Neary - who served at diocesan churches in Onondaga Hill, Hannibal, Jordan, Skaneateles, New Hartford, Durhamville and Norwich - died Sept. 17, 2001, at the age of 83. That was eight months before Bailey disclosed his secret to his wife, Sue.

Since he publicly testified in 2003 before a state Senate panel, more than 30 other men have told him they were Neary victims, too. Some have contacted him anonymously. But 17 of them gave Bailey their names.

Saturday, June 30th at 1:00 pm
Book signing - Meet Local Author Charles L. Bailey, Jr. author of "In the Shadow of the Cross"
at Creekside Books and Coffee
35 Fennell Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152
Tel: 315-685-0379

The Author "Charles L Bailey Jr.", will be on the Today Show, Saturday the 10th of March at 8:45am.
The Today show is nationwide from 7 AM to 10 AM and they break away for local broadcasts and I will be in that segment.


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In the Shadow of the Cross - Copyright © 2005 by Charles L. Bailey, Jr.
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reprinted or reproduced or utilized in any form or by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying and recording, or in any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the Author.

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