US Based Sex Abuse Survivor to Sue Catholic Indian Priest
(Left) Reverend Joseph Jeyapaul. (Photo: Jeff Anderson Law Firm and iStock)
(Left) Reverend Joseph Jeyapaul. (Photo: Jeff Anderson Law Firm and iStock)

US Based Sex Abuse Survivor to Sue Catholic Indian Priest

A 26-year-old American woman will file a lawsuit against a Catholic Indian priest and his church in India for allegedly sexually abusing her during his posting in the US between 2004 and 2005.

The move comes in protest against the recent decision taken by the Vatican which announced that the Diocese of Ootacamund located in Mylapore is reinstating Joseph Jeyapaul to ministry.

Minnesota-based attorney, Jeff Anderson will file a lawsuit on behalf of the victim in the federal court that claims the Diocese of Ootacamund endangered children by reinstating Jeyapaul.

Jeyapaul who served as a priest in Crookston township of Minnesota in 2004 and 2005 was arrested in India in 2012 and extradited to the US on charges of sexually abusing two girls in a congregation. He was later deported to India last year, after serving his sentence of one year and one day.

In a statement, advocacy group SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) announced that one of the sexual abuse survivors would sue the priest and the diocese.

It may be the most irresponsible Vatican move we’ve ever seen; Catholic officials in Rome have lifted the suspension of a recently convicted predator priest. We are stunned and saddened by such blatant recklessness and callousness. Catholic officials refuse to keep this admitted sex offender away from kids, so our only hope of stopping him is to get him charged and convicted again!
Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director of SNAP

A letter sent to Anderson and Roseau County Attorney Lisa Hanson and signed by over 500 supporters of removal of Jeyapaul in India will also be released as evidence of the public danger (nuisance) permitted by Indian Bishop and Vatican.

Over the weekend, Barbara and the victim were seen distributing leaflets outside the church in Crookston to find another sex abuse survivor.

The lawsuit would charge Catholic officials with creating “public nuisances” by hiding and helping predator priests.

It was the first victim’s courage that brought forward a second victim of Fr Jeyapaul. It was the second victim’s courage that prodded Fr Jeyapaul to plead guilty. And we hope the courage of a third victim will get Fr Jeyapaul extradited, convicted and jailed again, so that no more innocent lives are shattered. Until he’s charged and convicted again, Jeyapaul should be put in a remote, secure, independently-run treatment center far from families who have learned to trust him.

Also read:

In South India, Catholic Church Still Supports Paedophile Priest

Justice at Last for Sex Victims of Indian Priest in the US

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