Unfortunately abuse and misconduct effects every community including our Orthodox community and therefore it necessitates a vocal advocate for victims of abuse even when perpetrators are among clerical ranks. Admittedly and thankfully such instances are far between but nonetheless have occurred.
Most recently concerns are drawn closer to home. I am willing and compelled by compassion and love to have their stories told to voice what may be considered unpopular or unseemly. I am not deterred by the opinions of the mob or the polite sensibility of those who choose to look the other way while brother and sisters are potentially trampled. I will not be silenced for all those who are lacking or maybe uncomfortable or frightened to speak out.