MO – Father Jiang/St. Louis Archdiocese found not liable for sexual abuse of a child, survivors respond

MO – Father Jiang/St. Louis Archdiocese found not liable for sexual abuse of a child, survivors respond

For immediate release: Thursday, April 6, 2017

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

We know from statistics that few allegations of child sexual abuse are false, particularly when the outcry is made by a child. So, we are saddened to learn that a jury in St. Louis today found Father Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang and the Archdiocese of St. Louis not liable for the 2012 sexual abuse of a young girl.

Clergymen are among the most respected members of any community, so it is incredibly difficult to accuse a man of the cloth of sexual abuse and to be believed. We commend the young woman in this case and her family for having the bravery to pursue justice against a highly trusted priest and his employer through the courts. Without their courage, the disturbing information about Father Jiang which was revealed during the course of the lawsuit would have remained hidden from the public eye. 

We can only hope that the opportunity to confront Father Jiang and to speak her truth on the witness stand will help this young woman on her healing journey.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. We have members who were molested in all institutional settings, including churches, schools, clubs, and homes. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact – Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Mary Ellen Kruger (314-962-0964mek1234567@gmail.com)

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