Group raises awareness of alleged abuse at Fordham University, Fordham Prep

People gathered at Fordham University and Fordham Prep on Thursday to raise awareness of the alleged abuse students have received from Jesuit priests and teachers over the years at the school.

People gathered at Fordham University and Fordham Prep on Thursday to raise awareness of the alleged abuse students have received from Jesuit priests and teachers over the years at the school. (8/18/16)

THE BRONX - People gathered at Fordham University and Fordham Prep on Thursday to raise awareness of the alleged abuse students have received from Jesuit priests and teachers over the years at the school.

Organizers of the nonprofit Road To Recovery passed out fliers with information about several issues that have taken place, including a man who came out about his alleged abuse in 1974 and has since received a private apology from the order.

Neal Gumple says since coming out two years ago, he has faced ridicule that has deeply impacted his personal life. He now wants the Northeast Province of Jesuits to make a public apology and do more to help victims.

The gathering comes after other students came forward to accuse teacher Fernand Beck of sexual abuse.

News 12 The Bronx was told by people at the event that two more former students of Fordham Prep came forward claiming they were also sexually abused by Beck.  

Gumple says he hopes he can be a voice for other victims and stop sexual abuse from happening again.

In a pair of statements, Fordham Prep says it does not tolerate any case of sexual misconduct or inappropriate teacher-student relationships, while the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus says it is aware of the allegations and will help with the healing process.

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