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.
We hope that this family finds justice and healing through the civil justice process. We also hope that other victims of Fr. Ramos—or any predator—come forward, get help, and report to law enforcement.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 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. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested in all institutional settings, including churches, schools, clubs, and homes. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)