PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A woman is suing a northwestern Oregon church over claims that its leaders kept quiet about reports from her daughter that she was being sexually abused by her father.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that the $5 million suit filed Monday says the girl confided in several leaders at Church on the Hill, also known as McMinnville Church of the Nazarene, but they failed to report the alleged abuse to authorities as required under state law.
The girl, now 12, allegedly reported the abuse between 2010 and 2012.
The suit claims the girl ended up contracting herpes from her father and seeks $200,000 for medical expenses and counseling costs. The $5 million is being requested for the girl’s pain and suffering.
Church officials declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.