David's Story

David's Story

My name is David Price and I am on a journey of healing from sexual abuse. My perpetrator was a prominent Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Orange County, California. His name is Michael Harris. He was the Principal of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. He molested me for four years. In 1994 I publicly accused and sued "Father Hollywood" and the Diocese of Orange and Los Angeles Counties. It was the most publicized lawsuit to date.

My name is David Price and I am on a journey of healing from sexual abuse. My perpetrator was a prominent Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Orange County, California. His name is Michael Harris. He was the Principal of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. He molested me for four years. In 1994 I publicly accused and sued "Father Hollywood" and the Diocese of Orange and Los Angeles Counties. It was the most publicized lawsuit to date. And I soon faced the ramifications for coming forward. I document all about it in my memoir, Altar Boy Altered Life. My case is what catapulted this epidemic within the Catholic Church to what we now know. I am proud of my involvement in exposing these crimes against the most vulnerable.

However, today I continue to stay involved. I am a proud member of PCARC - Prevent Child Abuse Riverside County as well as It Happens to Boys. Both organizations do amazing things to create awareness about a topic that is still so "taboo" in our society. Yet if the current statistics are correct, one out of four girls and one out of six boys are being sexually abused today. Imagine if you can what the statistics for physical, verbal, emotional and spiritual abuse must be.

We must start talking about it. I believe that by doing so we can empower those that have been abused, protect those who may fall prey and prosecute those who perpetrate these crimes. That's what we are working for. That's the ultimate goal. And by being involved and giving a voice to the millions who don't have one yet, also creates healing for me.

I am proud to be considered a friend of Randy's and am honored to be a part of this process of creating a safer world for children. I too blog on a regular basis and share my healing journey. You can visit me at: www.davidpricealtarboyaltaredlife.com