Aisha Sultan: Priest sex abuse survivor says trauma lingers

By Aisha Sultan, April 20, 2018, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Chris O’Leary started to sweat in church as he moved up the line of parents and kids waiting for a turn at the confessional. When they got to the head of the line, O’Leary was crying and trying not to pass out.

O’Leary’s panic attack hit as his son made his first confession.

He wasn’t sure why, but he wondered if it had something to do with hazy memories from his childhood confessions. Three years later, in 2005, his daughter made her first confession. He had another panic attack.

O’Leary had talked to church officials in 2002 when the New York Times broke a story involving sexual abuse allegations against Father Leroy Valentine, who had been a priest in O’Leary’s childhood parish. The story revealed that  . . . 

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  • Allen Sires
    commented 2018-04-20 21:02:00 -0500
    For this mans’ Bishop , There are many things to ask Mr. O’leary. Would you like to relocate from the environment that was created for you? Do you need dental work ? Do you need a proper diet ? What recreation would you like to pursue ? Do you think it would be helpful if I sent a letter to your loved ones ? If so , which ones ? Will you assist me in writing said letters ?

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