|Prof Accuses Pastor of Sex Abuse
November 12, 2008
OTTAWA - An Ottawa woman says her first hope for healing was reading last year about a sexual abuse claim against a "hero" United Church pastor.
"I finally knew then I wasn't alone. There were others and I knew it wasn't my fault," Collett Tracey said yesterday.
Tracey, 45, an English professor, has launched a $1.5-million lawsuit against Rev. Allen Tysick, an Ottawa native who once worked in eastern Ontario helping the poor.
Tysick now lives in British Columbia and is the executive director of a non-profit housing and drop-in centre in Victoria. He declined to comment.
The United Church of Canada is also named in the lawsuit with Tracey seeking more than $600,000 in damages.
The claims have not been proven in court.
Tracey, who teaches at Carleton University, claims Tysick took advantage of her after she joined his youth group at Woodroffe United Church in the late 1970s.
According to her statement of claim, he used his position of authority to sexually exploit Tracey, who alleges Tysick fondled her and engaged her in oral sex on multiple occasions. He was not an ordained minister at the time.
"Ultimately, Tysick was able to fully indoctrinate Collett with a potent mixture of religious and sexual dogma, such that he was able to completely control and manipulate her for his own personal sexual gratification," it says.
Tysick has been hailed as a champion for the poor and less fortunate. Time Magazine listed him as one of its Canadian heroes in 2006.
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