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MI -- Obwaka rape case goes to trial: SNAP responds

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda, SNAP Volunteer Board Member (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

No one is immune from sexual assault, even clergymen.

A 28-year-old priest with the Diocese of Gaylord testified recently that another priest, Father Sylvestre Obwaka, raped him.  The unnamed clergyman had known Obwaka since he was a teen, and had a “working relationship” with him. The case is going to trial, despite the fact that both priests had been drinking together. Obwaka’s defense attorney says that both of the men were adults and the sex was consensual . The next court date is scheduled for Monday, March 20th.

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Wrongful-death lawsuit against Orange, L.A. dioceses alleges man killed himself over molestation by priest: Victims respond

Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director (949) 322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/ramos-746682-orange-lawsuit.html

Child sexual abuse affects far more than the victim. Sexual abuse affects families, communities, and generations of children. Yes, Fr. Eleuterio Ramos is dead, but the pain of his alleged abuse lives on in his alleged victims and the people who love those victims.

This is the second recent public child sex abuse-related lawsuit against the Diocese of Orange, dealing with a well-known predator. The pain these alleged molesters have caused is not going away. There may be many more men and women out there, suffering in silence. 
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