I sexually exploited, abused, and ultimately raped by Fr.
LeRoy Valentine at The Church of the Immacolata in the late
1970s and early 1980s.
And then things got REALLY bad.
When I came forward to, and tried to get help from, the
Archdiocese of St. Louis, instead of Treatment I received
The Sins of the Fathers
By now, you know about the sexual abuse crisis in the
But do you know what life is like for survivors?
I doubt it.
While the Catholic church, the U.S. Council of Catholic
Bishops (USCCB), and the Archdiocese of St. Louis (ArchStL)
talk a good game, that's all it is.
There's no there there.
Maybe the reason ArchStL never helped me is because
Because I'm lying?
That's a reasonable question.
However, in a February 2018 e-mail Sandra Price, the
director of the Office of Child & Youth Protection of the
Archdiocese of St. Louis acknowledged my essential truth.
February 5, 2018
I wanted to respond to you on behalf of the Archdiocese
of Saint Louis.
You chose to litigate your claims of sexual abuse by
Rev. Leroy Valentine. YOUR CLAIMS WERE ACKNOWLEDGED by
Deacon Phil Hengen, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis and
the court system. This matter has been fully settled
through litigation and is final. Because your claim has
been fully settled and is final the Archdiocese of Saint
Louis will not be responding to any further inquiries
regarding these claims. Please know that YOU AND ALL
VICTIMS OF ABUSE are in my prayers and I do hope that
you are able to find peace in the future.
I wish you the best.
Archdiocese of St. Louis
Of course, Sandra Price couldn't help but fill that
acknowledgement with lies, but she did at least admit the
most important truth.