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Victim sues priest, diocese.

Chris Morrison, who former priest George Ferris was convicted of sexually abusing in the 1980s, is suing both Ferris and the diocese of Huron for $3.1 million.

Ferris was sentenced in January to five and a half years in prison for assaulting Morrison and two other complainants.

Morrison says he was abused by Ferris from 1983 to 1989, starting when he was about 12 years old and a member of St. James Anglican Church in Paris, Ont., where Ferris was the rector.

In his statement of claim, Morrison lists the destructive effects of the abuse, including the loss of his faith; impaired ability to succeed at school and work and to form relationships; damage to his physical, mental and emotional health; and suicide attempts.

The diocese is named in the lawsuit for, among other things, failing to protect Morrison from Ferris, an employee of the diocese.

Chris Morrison, age 12
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Title Annotation:NEWS BRIEFS
Author:Williams, Leigh Anne
Publication:Anglican Journal
Date:Jun 1, 2014
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