Brave Survivor Files Lawsuit Identifying Former Newark Cardinal as an Abuser

Three Catholic Priests Accused of Sexual Assault of Adults Identified Publicly in New Jersey For the First Time


What: At a virtual press conference tomorrow, along with his attorneys, adult sexual abuse survivor Michael Reading will speak publicly for the first time about this lawsuit filed under the New Jersey Victims’ Rights Bill and the following details:

  • Reading’s lawsuit identifies former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick as a perpetrator of sexual assault who abused Reading before he was ordained as a priest in the Archdiocese of Newark.
  • Discuss a letter that Reading wrote to Cardin Tobin in 2018 revealing the sexual abuse he endured by Cardinal McCarrick.
  • Reveal why Reading decided to come forward using his name instead of a John Doe.
  • Urge all New Jersey survivors of sexual abuse to come forward and file a lawsuit under the landmark New Jersey Victims’ Rights Bill that allows those sexually assaulted as adults to use the civil courts for justice.

The attorneys will also:

  • Identify three Catholic priests accused of adult sexual assault for the first time in New Jersey.
  • Reveal that one of the newly identified perpetrators is believed to still be in ministry in New Jersey.
  • Demand that Cardinal Tobin and the New Jersey Bishops make public the names of all priests who have been identified in lawsuits against the Catholic Dioceses under the New Jersey Victims’ Rights Bill.

“I was reading more on Jeff Anderson & Associates website and I fully appreciate the sense of advocacy I feel when reading about the work of this firm. I am grateful for that and want to do my part in advocating for change on this matter. Using my name rather than John Doe may be more impactful.” – Survivor, Michael Reading

When: Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. CT / 1:00 p.m. ET

A live, filmed Zoom conference call at which attendees can ask questions directly at the end of the presentation but will be muted upon arrival.

Zoom Details: Press are welcome to join the Zoom call. Please contact

LIVE STREAM: The press conference will also be live-streamed via Vimeo, FacebookYouTube, and in the News section of our website.