Susan Manter is suing Reverent Charles M. Abdelahad, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Diocese of Worcester, Orthodox Christian Diocese of New England, and the he Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, and a number individuals within the church network for Massachusetts sex abuse damages. Manter contends that these people should have known about the abuse and notified the police.
Abdelahad was ordered to serve 90 days of a 2-year jail term after he was convicted of two counts of sexual assault and battery. The abuse incidents reportedly took place during during counseling sessions at the church office.
Manter, who is in her 40’s, contends that Abdelahad sexually abused her from 2007 through September of 2010. She said that the Antiochan pastor also physically assaulted her and subjected her to emotional abuse.
She claims that she sustained concussions, broken bones, and other serious injuries. Manter was hospitalized and she said she had to see dentists and doctors a number of times. She wants compensation for negligence, emotional distress, assault and battery, and therapeutic malpractice.
Massachusetts Sexual Assault
Manter’s Massachusetts sex abuse case is a reminder that adults can also become victims of this crime and they too should be entitled to personal injury compensation for the harm they suffered.
Rape, sexual assault, sex abuse, molestation, and incest can lead to a lifetime of trauma for the victims regardless of their age. If you have been a victim of sex abuse, your perpetrator could be subject to criminal charges and you may have grounds for a Boston sex assault claim against the assailant and others who could/should have prevented/detected/stopped the abuse from happening.
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