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When I talk about the Abuse of the Abused, one thing I'm referring to is the Smear Campaigns that are all too often waged against survivors.

In my case, that means...

  • Lying to the people of St. Louis.
  • Lying to the police.

Smear Campaign

For whatever reason, the Archdiocese of St. Louis seems justified in lying.

Lying to the People of St. Louis

In the piece by Aisha Sultan in which I went public, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of St. Louis said...

…when asked to comment on O’Leary’s account, “The archdiocese’s record of Mr. O’Leary’s allegations are significantly different; however, due to a court order as well as our own ethical obligation, we are not at liberty to discuss Mr. O’Leary’s case.” Jones also said the information O’Leary shared initially changed multiple times by the time he broke off communication with the Office of Child and Youth Protection.

That's a strange thing to say, given the fact that a few weeks prior to the publication of that piece, I received an e-mail from Sandra Price of the Archdiocese in which she admitted It Happened.

Dear Chris,
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

In case you missed it -- and it took me 10 days to be able to see it -- here are the key words.

Your claims were acknowledged…
Please know that YOU AND ALL VICTIMS OF ABUSE are in my prayers…

Lying to the Police

The Archdiocese of St. Louis doesn't just feel justified in lying to the people of St. Louis, they also have no problem lying to the police.

In -- falsely -- accusing me of making "Terroristic Threats" against the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Archbishop Robert Carlson.