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One day, Kevin says he tried to tell his mother about the abuse he and his brother were suffering. "I went to my mother and said to her, 'This priest is going to put us in our birthday suit,'" Kevin says. "But, like my brother said, we were both troublemakers, so people really didn't know when to believe us, so our mother just brushed it off."
"I wouldn't say she dismissed it," Patrick says. "Maybe [she] second guessed it."
The abuse continued for years after Kevin's conversation with his mother, but the twins say they don't blame their parents for not believing them—their parents didn't believe a priest would do such a thing.
Over time, the sexual torture became part of the twins' daily routine. "You go to school and come back and do your homework or slip in a little abuse during the day during school or after school," Patrick says.