Raleigh Woman Tells of Abuse by Parish Priest
Audrey Shaw, a Raleigh resident in her mid-50s, told WRAL the church's handling of her sex-abuse case drove her away from practicing the Catholic faith.Posted — Updated
According to the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, 35 victims have come forward since 1950 with credible allegations against 15 of its priests. Most of those priests are deceased.
Audrey Shaw, a Raleigh resident in her mid-50s, told WRAL the church's handling of her sex-abuse case drove her away from practicing the Catholic faith.
“I'm a recovering Catholic,” Shaw said.
“I think he sort of took advantage of that sort of friendship and the intensity that we had as a minister to a teenage young adult or teenage child,” she said.
Shaw said she felt betrayed, but looking back, it taught her a few lessons.
“They would send me information about the church, but I have yet to hear to this day from them to call and ask how I'm doing,” she said.
Shaw also said she thinks the Pope Benedict's decision not to meet with survivors of abuse by Catholic priests is wrong.
“He needs to understand how it felt to the people who actually survived and who experienced that,” she said.
Shaw said her decision to come forward caused quite a bit of conflict because the priest she accused was close to her family.
She said that when she reported the abuse, the priest was still ministering. He eventually retired, but she decided not to pursue the case legally since he died suddenly in an accident on his farm.
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