Woman, 32, accuses former minister of sexually abusing her as a teen

Chicago Sun-Times

September 13, 2017

A 32-year-old woman who claims the birth of her child triggered suppressed memories of allegedly being sexually abused by her youth minister as a teenager is suing the minister, the Oak Lawn church and its two owners.

Mary Ellen Wright and her attorney, Robert J. Bingle of law firm Corboy & Demetrio, filed the suit in Cook County Circuit Court on Wednesday, claiming Wright’s memories of the alleged abuse had been repressed until about October 2016, when she sought weekly counseling for postpartum depression after delivering a child, and she started to remember.

Wright alleges that she was a member of Hope Chapel Oak Lawn Foursquare Church, in the 9400 block of South 68th Court in Oak Lawn, in Summer 2000 when the church’s youth minister, Charles Price, sexually assaulted her, according to the lawsuit. Wright claims Price made an “unwanted sexual advance” on her, including inappropriate touching, fondling and oral sex.

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