Gemma Hoskins shows support for survivors speaking out against their abusers in power
In April of this year I had the pleasure of interviewing Gemma Hoskins while creating three podcast episodes for American CrimeCast on the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik. In the following month the world was introduced to Hoskins when the docu-series "The Keepers" aired on Netflix on May 19th, 2017. The series explores the 1969 murder of Sister Cathy, who was an English and Drama teacher at Baltimore's Archbishop Keough High School, and the alleged cover up by the church to hide the sexual abuse by the school's counselor, Father Joseph Maskell.
In both my podcast and the docu-series, Hoskins is seen as a former student of Sister Cathy and someone who refuses to let the story of her murder, and the sexual abuse, die in the public's eye. Since the release of "The Keepers", Hoskins has stressed the importance of supporting survivors of sexual abuse - and her mission doesn't stop with only victims of Father Maskell.
During her interview on American CrimeCast, Hoskins spoke of the many men and women who have come forward since she and another former student, Abbie Schaub, started their investigation into Sister Cathy's murder. Since the release of the "The Keepers" many more victims continue speaking out against their abuse - possibly with strength from hearing the stories of other survivors.
One such story shared on both the podcast and docu-series is that of Maskell Survivor - Teresa Lancaster. Teresa explained in horrible details about the abuse she and others endured at the hands of Father Maskell while she attended Archbishop Keough High School.
In recent months we continue to see the impact these brave survivors have paved in the wake of the release of "The Keepers". When people get together and say enough is enough, such as Hoskins and Lancaster, it creates an atmosphere that empowers victim survivors to come forward and share their stories. Although these victims are still facing scrutiny and abuse by the public, Gemma Hoskins is stepping back up to defend them.
Every day I work on cases for my True Crime podcast, American CrimeCast. I deal with cases where abusers have taken the lives of their victims - such as Sister Cathy. But when the abuser allows their victim to continue to live, I argue that they believe they will forever hold power over them - knowing they either will not speak out or will not be believed. I speak in my podcast for those victims whom have been silenced by death, however Gemma Hoskins is speaking out for those that live through their abuse.
Now Hoskins is asking for your help.