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Awake Milwaukee Hosts Survivors and Experts to Discuss Wisconsin Attorney General Investigation

Local Catholic organization offers opportunity to increase understanding

By - May 18th, 2021 12:13 pm

MILWAUKEE, May 18, 2021 – On Thursday, May 20, at 7:00pm CDT, Awake Milwaukee is hosting an online event titled “Understanding the Wisconsin Attorney General Investigation.” The panel discussion will include retired Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske and Fordham University theologian and church historian Patrick Hornbeck sharing their expertise and perspective on this timely topic.

These experts will be joined by Lara Fortney McKeever, Patty Fortney Young, and Teresa Fortney Miller, three sisters from Pennsylvania who were abused by the same Catholic priest during childhood and played a key role in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury investigation. The Fortney sisters will share their story and speak about how their experience connects with Wisconsin’s current investigation.

Members of the media are invited to attend this event, or receive the event recording via email, by registering at

About Awake Milwaukee
Awake is a grassroots independent nonprofit organization of Catholics responding to the abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. Our mission is to awaken our community to the full reality of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and work for transformation and healing in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. More information can be found at

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