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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Child sex victim speaks publicly for the first time
His new lawsuit charges child sex abuse in Africa
It’s first such case arising, in part, from Oct. national church report
Presbyterian panel has already acknowledged that crimes happened
Despite awareness of earlier crimes, church failed to stop predator, lawsuit says
Victims urge others who “saw, suspected or suffered” sex crimes overseas to come forward
Sean reported the crime immediately to church officials but little was done.
A national church panel, set up in 2004, “confirmed that (Sean) was at least the second victim of this predator, and that (church officials) "failed to prevent" his abuse. (The predator is named in the report.) In October, that committee completed its work and confirmed 29 incidents of sexual abuse of missionary children. Missionary kids, SNAP says, are especially vulnerable to pedophiles because they are often in the care of others and separated from their parents.
The lawsuit maintains that PCUSA staff were “aware, or should have been aware, of the predator’s harmful conduct and/or molestations of students, yet negligently failed to report (it), concealed (it), failed to take any action to investigate (it), failed to protect (Sean), and failed to warn and inform (Sean) of the predator’s propensities.” The suit, which seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages), will be filed in the Jefferson County Court.
The victim and others will also urge top Presbyterian authorities to honor a recent recommendation by church experts that “support changes in state laws for suspending the statute of limitations.” He is also pushing for other action and reforms by denominational authorities to seek out and help others who have been assaulted and prevent such crimes and cover ups in the future.
The predator is believed to be living now in Orlando FL. Sean, now 36, is married and lives in California.
Sean is represented by St. Paul MN attorney Jeff Anderson (651 227 9990, 612 817 8665 cell) Louisville attorney Ann Oldfather (502 637 7200) and Cincinnati OH attorney Konrad Kircher (513 229 7996, 513 218 1252 cell).
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests