Reparations for victims of Missionary clergy sexual abuse

Reparations for victims of Missionary clergy sexual abuse

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Denise Knights started this petition to Raphael Malpica

Trigger Warning - Sexual abuse

My parents were missionaries for over 30 years - my father, an ordained Lutheran pastor, was also the director and teacher of middle and high schools.
As a young girl, I would often investigate strange noises I heard and would discover my father being sexual with a young girl on his desk, in the bathroom or in his car. I kept this dirty family secret for 40 years until It was disclosed to me that the synod president had complained to the chair of the missionaries in the early 1980's. Instead of stopping my father's abuse, he was moved to another girls school where he continued abusing girls until he retired in 1985.

I have since located half a dozen victims who have shared their stories with me, including the fact that the abuse started around age 12; some as young as 9 years old. These victims live in the poorest area of one of the poorest countries in the world and deserve reparations for their suffering and neglect from the ELCA.

I have spent one year trying to get the church to act but have been stonewalled for the past several months. I can't undo what my father did but I can now use my voice to help his victims - please join me in asking for reparations for the victims of his sexual abuse.

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