November 10, 2005

Adults must act to avert child abuse

The Oregonian

S. Renee Mitchell

Thursday, November 10, 2005
The Rev. Matt Hennessee will get past this difficult moment. Eventually.

He will probably regain the trust of many of those who respect and admire all that he has accomplished in the Portland area.

As Hennessee did with his troubled upbringing, he will probably extract whatever lessons that God is trying to teach him and use it for good.

He will survive.

But if Hennessee had his way, no one would know that he was accused of sexually abusing a close relative for several years, starting when she was 12 or 13.

Whatever happened is a private matter, he and his church members say. It was 15 years ago. He has earned forgiveness.

Posted by kshaw at November 10, 2005 08:15 AM