- Posted October 4, 2013 by
William Lynch`s fight to Ending the Cycle of Sexual Abuse against Children
My name is Boriana Todorova,I am a Psychology student from Bulgaria(Europe) and I am a Child Sexual Abuse Survivor.
I would like to share one amazing person`s story and hope by getting publicity more people will find out about the issue of Child Sexual Abuse,and more victims will come forward with their own stories in a way to become empowered and to become Survivors.
The first time when I found out about William Lynch was while doing research on sexual abuse for my studies.William`s story and his courage inspired me and I came forward with my own story of abuse.I started healing from my painful past,only thanks to William`s influence.He is the strongest and bravest person I ever know and I would like to share his story with you all.
The fight against Child sexual abuse is a huge battle,never ending story of abused children and free or never reported abusers.And Statute of limitations is the main reason why the perpetrator walks free while leaving a destroyed child`s life behind them..
Who is William Lynch?
Founder and Executive Director of RISE – Roots for Individual & Social Empowerment, Will is an advocate who is committed to ending the cycle of child sexual abuse worldwide. He works to strengthen individuals and communities by developing seminars, workshops, and other learning opportunities that serve the cause. He possesses an MBA in International Business and brings a diverse range of approaches to the work of RISE, drawing on the latest research, theory, and educational models.
Read William`s own story:
“Truth Begins with Acknowledgement”
”My name is William Lynch. My story begins nearly 4 decades ago in May of 1975. While at a church-sanctioned camping trip in northern California, I was raped, sodomized and strangled by Rev. Jerold Lindner, a Catholic priest. I was seven years old.
I remember passing out during the rape and waking up with semen in my mouth and the priest on top of me, his hands around my throat. As he strangled me, he spoke these unconscionable words: “You are no longer a child of God.” In that moment, I felt I ceased to exist. Later in the weekend, Lindner would rape and torture me and my 4-year old brother forcing unthinkable acts among and between us. See video of Will’s story here: http://riseaboveabuse.org/wills-story/
Like a textbook case of child sexual abuse, I told no one. I swore my brother to secrecy, terrified the priest would make good on his threat to skin our sister alive and kill our family. Never able to tell my story or give voice to the source of my pain, I began a descent into darkness. Alcohol and drug abuse, broken relationships, battles with authority, missed opportunities, self-sabotage and suicide attempts followed. It took everything for me to move forward, persist through multiple failures on both personal and professional fronts, and still seek the justice my heart yearned for.
When the truth of the abuse surfaced in 1996, I discovered the Statute of Limitations for criminal prosecution had expired. From the time of the abuse, my brother and I had 6 years to file charges. We would have had until we were 10 and 13 years old respectively.
As a result, I became one of the first litigants to mount a civil suit against the Church for their inaction in dealing with child sexual abuse within their organization. Though I won, the financial settlement never brought me peace or resolution. It was not until later I came to realize the provisions in the settlement agreement promised by the Church (to protect children from Lindner) were never enacted. Once again, I felt betrayed and victimized by a system that repeatedly failed to protect me and society as a whole.
Then came that ill-fated day in May, 2010, almost 35 years to the day of the rape, when I could no longer endure the pain and suffering. I drove to the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, CA, where a now-retired Lindner lived, and confronted the priest who had destroyed my life. My intention was to persuade Lindner to sign a confession and take responsibility for what he had done to my brother and me. What resulted were a physical altercation and my subsequent arrest.
My trial began on June 20, 2012, in Santa Clara County Superior Court, where I was charged with felony assault and felony elder abuse. If convicted, I faced the possibility of 4 years in prison. I was offered multiple plea deals, including probation, which I refused. Unlike Lindner and the Catholic Church, I was prepared to face justice. I took the stand, told the truth and acknowledged responsibility for my actions. I prevailed and was acquitted on all charges.
My actions brought international attention to the issue of child sexual abuse, a profoundly flawed judicial system and the ongoing cover-up of abuse by the institutions that engage our children. My capacity to face my abuser inspired others who were abused as children to come forward (many for the first time) and share their stories. The outpouring of support was inspirational and an affirmation that something had to change. I realized I wanted much more than truth and justice for myself.
I want truth and justice for all.
Through this experience, though I had put myself at risk, I was finally able to find my voice, become empowered and begin to take back my life. I want to provide others with the same opportunity; but in a way that is safe and productive. I have launched the non-profit, RISE - Roots for Individual & Social Empowerment.
In addition, I have developed a unique Plan to End the Cycle of Sexual Abuse Against Children. The main objective is to clear the past while putting measures in place to protect children in the future. Our first goal is to Repeal the Criminal & Civil Statutes of Limitations pertaining to sex crimes against children throughout the United States and the World.
I am committed to ending the cycle of sexual abuse against children, and I cannot do it alone. It is a unique challenge, and also our greatest opportunity. Please join the movement and become part of the legacy to protect children now and for generations to come."
Here is the newest article about William:http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_23390823/bay-area-man-aims-crusade-against-child-molesters
Learn more about R.I.S.E. at: http://riseaboveabuse.org
The newest upcoming event organized by William and the R.I.S.E. team is
“The Voices Rising – A Promise for the Future”
It includes a fun-filled evening with media coverage to capture each moment as guests arrive and walk the red carpet. This sophisticated event features complimentary hors d’oeuvres during the VIP Reception and cocktail hour along with live music by soul/jazz singer, Monica Marquis and her band. Comedian, Phil Johnson, delivers a laugh a minute, followed by live musical entertainment by Rudy Colombini and the Unauthorized Rolling Stones. In addition to a hosted bar serving wine, beer, and signature cocktails until 9:00p, there will be an exciting live auction as well as a spirited silent auction with notable and unique items. A no-host dinner menu will be available as well.
5:00p – 6:00p Red Carpet, Step & Repeat Wall, & VIP Reception with Heavy Hors d’oeuvres
6:00p – 7:00p General Admission Cocktail Hour, Hors d’oeuvres & Silent Auction
7:00p – 8:00p Introductions, Acknowledgements & Welcome by Will Lynch, RISE Founder
8:00p – 9:00p Comedian & Live Auction
9:00p – 10:30p Musical Entertainment
10:30p – 11:00p Last Call for Silent Auction & Donations -
See more at: http://riseaboveabuse.org/the-event
Please share Will`s story and if possible the details about this event.
And if it happens that you are in San Francisco on 10th of November and want to be a part of this fantastic event, please join!
It is going to be one more step in the battle against Child Sexual Abuse!
More info about the event:http://riseaboveabuse.org/sf-fundraiser-2013/