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Update: Lutheran Church Ordered to Pay $30 Million to Victim of Childhood Sexual Abuse
In 2021, a Child Victims Act lawsuit was filed against Rev. Douglas D. Thore, who served as pastor of St. Nicodemus Evangelical Lutheran Church from 1984 to 2004, by a 45-year-old man who is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse.
The plaintiff in this case, identified as “LG-54” in court filings to protect his privacy, was sexually abused by Thore multiple times when he was 11 to 13 years old, according to the lawsuit. For nearly 3 decades, LG-54 had not discussed the abuse he endured.
When the Child Victims Act finally allowed victims to pursue justice against their abusers in 2020, LG-54 discussed his abuse for the first time with his attorney. Thore resigned from his post as a Lutheran pastor when he learned he was being investigated over allegations of child molestation.
A jury in New York State Supreme Court awarded $15 million in compensatory damages for pain and suffering and $15 million in punitive damages. The $30 million verdict is believed to be the largest award in New York for a case filed under the Child Victims Act.
In separate ongoing lawsuits, LG-54 is also suing St. Nicodemus Lutheran Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and the Upstate New York Synod of the ELCA.
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Sadly, sexual abuse of children by clergy is not unique to the Catholic Church. Child sexual abuse has been found to occur in all denominations including the Lutheran Church. If you were a victim of sexual abuse in the Lutheran Church as a child, you are not alone. Most likely, the pastor or other clergy member who betrayed your trust has molested other victims. The only way to stop future abuse from happening is for past victims to come forward.
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