ELGIN, Ill. - A pastor was charged with spanking a 13-year-old girl with a piece of wood because he thought she was lying when she said she was sexually abused by a relative. Police said the Rev. Daryl Bujak struck the girl hard enough to cause bruises and welts after she was brought to him for counseling because her mother doubted the claims.Sickening. For all those in helping professions who failed to recognize that I was a rape victim, this story makes me grateful that every one of them genuinely cared and never added another layer of abuse.
A lesson from this case should be: first contact law enforcement or the RAINN hotline (1-800-656-HOPE) then you can contact a member of the clergy for spiritual support.
Remember that 99.9% of clergy don't have any training in how to respond to or investigate abuse allegations. Too many buy into dangerous myths about rape and sexual abuse.
FYI the police took this girl's story seriously and have filed charges against a 33-year-old man.