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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 only Torment.

The Sins of the Fathers

By now, you know about the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic church.

But do you know what life is like for survivors?

Really?

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.

Talk.

A sham.

There's no there there.

Acknowledged Survivor

Maybe the reason ArchStL never helped me is because nothing happened?

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.

It happened.

February 5, 2018
Hi Chris,
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.
Sandra Price
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.

It happened.

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