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Note: this essay contains references to sexual assault and gender-based violence. Last update: January 7, 2016.
Starting in 2011, a pastor, now a priest, named Ginger Strickland, and her bishop, Pierre Whalon, as well as a number of other Episcopal Church officials, tried to cover up a sexual misconduct case in Paris and New York, in which I was the victim and which I originally brought to light. They used every tactic they could: invoking lawyers, pressuring newspapers, shutting off contact with me, physically barring me from church buildings, publishing false stories, emotional bullying, gaslighting, and so forth. These machinations may have, indeed, typically worked, 25 years ago, to suppress priest misconduct allegations. But nowadays we have the Internet, which allows most anyone to publish anything to the world. So, powerful people cannot cover things up the way they used to — and you, and I, and the rest of us regular people, are all the better off for it. Continue reading “How Episcopal Leaders Made a Deal with the New York Post to Misreport on Sexual Miconduct” »