Late last week, a Little Rock Circuit Judge Wendell Griffin (6th Judicial District) ruled that a clergy sexual abuse case will not be dismissed and can proceed toward trial.
We are grateful that this case will move forward. Fr. Charles Kanu apparently used his powerful position as a clergyman to counsel, then assault, this brave woman. After gaining her trust, he attacked her. We fear this is not an isolated incident and suspect that others hurt by Fr. Kanu are still trapped in guilt and self-blame.
We applaud this woman for having the courage to come forward and the wisdom to report these crimes to civil authorities.
We hope that anyone who has seen or suspected Kanu’s misdeeds will contact law enforcement and that anyone who has been harmed by a member of the clergy will contact a support group or therapist and begin healing.