Fr. Dan Ward believed that a well-rounded and mature monastic needed to have an open-minded view of sexuality. The conversation started to become more physical as he began to be aroused by the topic.
I rejected his advances and strong sexual initiatives.
I immediately left his room and went and got sick.
The next morning I went to see XXXXXX and told him of the incident. His response simply was to get over it that Father Ward has great power … and if I wish to continue being a monastic I would just have to accept his behavior.
I spoke to XXXXXX privately about the encounter. He told me it was a confessional issue and I needed to grow up and deal with my sexuality.[Webmaster’s Note: This is an excerpt from the fourth statement received from a victim of Dan Ward’s misconduct. Excerpts from the first three statements are available here.]