May 9, 2016
St. Paul News Conference Today
New Lawsuit Against St. John’s brought by Survivor Abused by Father Michael Bik in 1998
Bik abused the boy after St. John’s learned he sexually abused two students in the 1970s when he was a teacher at St. Stephen’s in Anoka
Bik taught at Twin Cities Catholic schools in Anoka and Shoreview before becoming a monk and priest of St. John’s
What: At a news conference today in St. Paul, attorneys Jeff Anderson and Mike Bryant, along with advocate and former St. John’s monk, Patrick Wall will:
* Announce the filing of a civil lawsuit naming St. John’s Abbey and Father Michael Bik as defendants. The suit is being brought by Doe 497, a survivor who was sexually abused by Bik when he was a 15 or 16 year old Sophomore at St. John’s Prep School in 1998.
* Discuss the fact that just weeks before Bik started abusing Doe 497 he admitted to St. John’s that he sexually abused at least two boys in Anoka in the 1970s.
* Encourage survivors of sexual abuse by Fr. Michael Bik, and others, to come forward safely and confidentially before the Child Victims Act window legislation expires on May 25, 2016.
WHEN: Monday, May 9, 2016, at 1:00 PM CT
WHERE: Jeff Anderson & Associates
366 Jackson Street, Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55101
Notes: The event will be live-streamed online with links available on our homepage shortly before the event at www.andersonadvocates.com<http://www.andersonadvocates.com>
* A copy of the complaint and other documents from Bik’s file will be available at the press conference and on our website and the event will be live-streamed online with links available on our homepage shortly before the event at www.andersonadvocates.com<http://www.andersonadvocates.com>.
Contact Jeff Anderson: Office: 651.227.9990 Cell: 612.817.8665
Contact Mike Bryant: Office: 320.259.5414 Cell: 800.359.0061
Contact Patrick Wall: Office: 651.227.9990 Cell: 949.307.3935
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.