So after only being able to watch the Thomas Roberts interview on Anderson Cooper with the sound off at work (the closed captioning was on, but I was having a hard time reading it -- work always gets in the way of my TV viewing) and then receiving a bunch of e-mails and blog comments about it, I finally was able to watch it in its entirety last night.
Several people -- albeit scared that they would be accused of blaming the victim here -- expressed confusion as to why Roberts would continue to voluntarily visit Father Jeff each week when, as he put it, "you just knew something was going to happen each time." Michael, for one, said that by the time he'd reached high school he "knew what was going on" and he couldn't see knowingly putting himself in a position for more. (The abuse went on well into Roberts' senior year in high school, and early college, by some accounts.) Two -- yes, two -- gay friends of mine confessed to aggressively pursuing their priests as teens ("I was young and horny and he was the only gay guy I knew of") and couldn't help but wonder if things were more consensual than what was being admitted, while conceding that it would still be immoral and illegal on the priests' behalf, not the victims. ("There is something -- however unconscious -- about returning for more that ... implies a certain level of consent.")