The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


One voice, many echoes

College sexual abuse leaves scars

Earlier this year we heard numerous reports of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. It made me ponder how one finds justice after so many years.

Thirty years is a long time to keep a secret. I know because I was sexually abused as a female student at a Lutheran college in the early 1970s. It was there that I met a professor who would be my teacher, adviser, work-study supervisor — and perpetrator. I had no reason to question his authority or experience. I trusted him to care for me, and that trust was violated.

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