People ask us all the time: "Why don't you guys follow up on more of the stories you do." We should. We agree. So here goes...
In the last 24 hours, we've had an overwhelming response to last night's special report on our colleague from Headline News, Thomas Roberts. Many of you watched the report, which revealed Thomas' personal account of the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of a Roman Catholic priest, and we had more than one million page views of Thomas' story
on CNN.com. Thousands of you e-mailed us.
So the follow-up? Thomas Roberts will appear live on "360" tonight to answer some of your questions. Many of you commended Thomas for his courage in speaking out. And many of you had questions about Thomas' story that we did not answer. Here is what some of you had to say:
Betty Ann of Nacodoches, Texas asked, "Is Thomas Roberts still a Catholic?"
Nicky of Calgary, Alberta, asked: "Why aren't parents teaching their children about inappropriate touching and encouraging them to discuss when it happens?"
Jacob of Norfolk, Virginia, was disappointed in our presentation of the Catholic Church: "The Church has a zero tolerance for abuse, and has been a leader in identifying and dealing with clergy abusers from the past as well as the present. Ever here of VIRTUS?"
Hunter of Charlotte, North Carolina, wondered why a young man between the ages of 14 and 17 could not defend himself and stop this from happening.
Kay of Long Beach, California, thanked Roberts: "Mr. Roberts you a model of COURAGE. Demonstrating your ability to conquer fear and dispair by publicly speaking about your private pain and the scars you were left to deal with gives me hope that I too can some day reveal the events that robbed me of my innocence so many years ago. Thank you."
Thomas of Baldwin, Michigan, asked: "Why tell the story now?" (I can answer this one: We asked Thomas to tell the story now. This project did not begin with Thomas coming to us. Instead, a year ago we heard that Thomas was testifying before Maryland state legislature to press them to change the state's statute of limitations laws. It piqued our interest and we began shooting his story then. In the meantime, Anderson and the show have been to countless countries shooting pieces for "360"; we realized so much time had passed that the convicted abuser, Father Jeff Tooey, had actually been released from jail and that other abuse victims were back in front of the Maryland Legislature testifying on that same issue: changing the statute of limitations.
So tonight, we'll put some of your questions to Thomas.