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- Matthew 7:5
I'm a survivor of the Catholic Church's sex abuse crisis.
When I was a child, and a baseball-obsessed Cardinals fan in, I was sexually exploited, abused, and assaulted -- raped -- by a priest named Fr. LeRoy Valentine.
Then, when I went to the Archdiocese of St. Louis for help in 2002, that's when things got REALLY bad.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan returned my call, and the lying and Gaslighting began. And continues.
Some would have you believe the Catholic sex abuse crisis is a problem of the past. That it's time to move on. But my direct, first-hand, day-to-day, up to the moment experience says this is a...
The Sins of the Fathers
Sure, the Catholic Church did some terrible things in the past, but the problems that were exposed in the movie Spotlight have been solved, right?
I'm an acknowledged -- kind of -- survivor and most recently met with Archbishop Carlson of ArchStL on March 26, 2019.
And I'm here to tell you.
If you're looking for a place to start trying to understand my story and what it's like to be a survivor, start here...
A longer overview of what I've been put through is my discussion of what I call...
If you'd rather listen or watch, than read...
Why believe me?
I've been extensively vetted -- in one case, the process took two months -- by multiple major publications.
My story was first told by Aisha Sultan on April 20, 2018 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch...
...and then, in some depth, by Religion Digital...
Other stories that mention my story or me include...
if you'd like to talk to me about my experiences, my contact information is listed at the bottom of this page.
I'm in the process of writing a book that discusses my experiences...
In advance of, and during, the Vatican sex abuse summit, I recorded a number of...
I have recorded some of my testimony in podcast form...
I used the small settlement I received from ArchStL to finance a surprisingly successful social media campaign that have forced both ArchStL and Cardinal Dolan to open up to outside reviewers. However, I'm now having financial problems due to C-PTSD and the Cancer I was fighting at the same time I was fighting ArchStL to help me.
For updates on this project, follow me on Twitter @IvanDOesnot
ivandoesnot (at) gmail.com