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Survivor of child sexual abuse calls on Ohio lawmakers to help other survivors

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Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau
Survivor Paul Neyer urges Ohio lawmakers to lift the statute of limitations on reporting child sexual abuse.

A survivor of sexual abuse as a child has been speaking out about the pain of living with what happened to him, and is now urging lawmakers to pass legislation that would help other survivors.

Paul Neyer was sexually abused by Father Geoff Drew from the age of eight until 10 while Drew was lay music minister in Cincinnati. Drew pleaded guilty to nine counts of rape. He was sentenced to seven years in prison as part of a plea agreement.

In October, Neyer joined other survivors in calling on lawmakers to eliminate the statute of limitation on reporting and prosecuting child sex crimes. To date, 48 states have either lifted these limits or revised them.


  • Paul Neyer, abuse survivor
  • Liesl Neyer, Paul’s wife
  • Craig Cheatham, I-Team chief Investigative Reporter, WCPO 9

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