There are too few heroes in American politics today, too few public officials brave enough to do the right thing to expose wrongs, exposing the secrets of their past for the greater good.
One of those rare heroes is my local state lawmaker, Mark Rozzi. His personal quest is to bring to justice the Catholic priests who abused children over decades, many of the victims cowering in the shadows of shame, unwilling to step forward to point fingers at the men who stole their innocence, ruined their lives.
Rozzi's quest is a personal one. He, too, was a victim of sexual assault as an altar boy in a parish in Berks County. While the press allows many other victims to shield their identities from prying eyes, Rozzi's forum is a public one, the Capitol in Harrisburg.
He has spoken out before on the tragedy of his own experiences, but today his audience is national, a brutally frank Q&A with Salon.
It isn't very pretty.