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Former priest faces another sexual abuse charge

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel charged five priests with first-degree criminal sexual conduct back in May. One of these priests has since had another charge added to his list of crimes. Former Lansing Diocese priest Vincent DeLorenzo received another charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct stemming from the assault of a recently identified survivor.

The most recent charge against DeLorenzo alleges that he sexually assaulted a five-year-old boy after officiating a funeral for his family back in 1987. It is a felony charge punishable by life in prison as well as a lifetime of electronic monitoring if convicted.

Nessel already charged DeLorenzo on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct in May. An affidavit revealed the survivor to be a young boy. The abuse took place for five years between 1995 and 2000. DeLorenzo allegedly penetrated, fondled and caressed the boy during blessings and while praying during this time.

Long-term effects of abuse

Survivors of clergy abuse may suffer from a variety of damaging long-term effects. The traumatic experience has the potential to shape the life of a survivor. Expert analysis concludes that abuse survivors may suffer from depression or anxiety. It can also lead to alcohol or drug dependency.

These issues may have a direct impact on how a survivor fits in society. Suffering from abuse at a young age could lead them to have trouble developing relationships with authority. This can result in issues at school or in the workplace due to an inability to trust authority.

Point being, clergy abuse can negatively impact the quality of life of survivors for many years.

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