The Face of My Abuser

I finally downloaded the drivers to get my HP “All in One” to work with VISTA on my laptop. Once I had the scanner working I was able to scan a photo of Father Gibson out of the 1976 Notre Dame High School yearbook. He was listed as the Pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania in this edition of the yearbook. I graduated in 1978, my yearbook is long gone, the victim of a move I made at some point in my Naval career.

Anyway, here is the face of my nightmares:
Father Robert J. Gibson

1 thought on “The Face of My Abuser”

  1. Hi Michael: I just wanted to say hi to you. I have lived in Stroudsburg, PA for 53 years and am a graduate of Notre Dame High School. Father Gibson taught me Religion in 9th, 10th and 12th grades. When I was in 9th and 10th grades, he pretty much ignored me. I don’t remember him talking to me. He had a youth group of sorts. He gave the kids alcohol but since I didn’t drink, I was never included in any of the activities. Plus I was not popular or “cool” and those were the kids that he liked. When I was in 12th grade, he took more notice of me. He would put me down in class and make sarcastic comments to me. I felt bad because of the way he treated me. I think he resented me. We didn’t have class that much because he spent most of the time talking with his “friends.” I remember that before the year was over he said that he wanted to have a one-on-one talk with each of us. He didn’t get to everyone though. I felt bad because I wanted to tell him off a little and tell him what I thought. I kept a journal and wrote down some of my thoughts so I know more of what I thought. I remember that his nickname for himself was “the perfect one.” This was annoying to me because I thought that he was far from perfect. I think I felt kind of sorry for myself because of the way I was treated but after listening to what you went through, I suppose I can consider myself lucky. I am so sorry for what you went through. It is hard for me to understand how an adult could do this to an innocent kid. My heart breaks for you and all those that have suffered. Thank God, you were able to overcome the exploitation and have a successful life. Thank you for your witness, Michael. May God bless you.

    Peace be with you.

    Mark Davenport – Stroudsburg, PA

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