Methodist minister ‘feared alerting authorities to abuse as it could affect work in community’

Impartial Reporter

September 2, 2019

By Rodney Edwards

Sara claims she was raped by a church official who was in the Orange Order after performing at a Methodist Church in Fermanagh over 40 years ago, then sent to a Christian therapist when she told a Methodist minister.

She says she went missing for three days and contemplated taking her own life before informing her minister who feared alerting the authorities to the allegations surrounding the Orangeman in case it “would affect the church’s work in the community”.

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