certainly not naive on the topic of problems in the Orthodox Church in America,
No, I would not say "naive".
One of the most important things for survivors to sexual assault to grasp -which makes them "survivors" and not "victims"- is that their abuse does not define their whole
Being a survivor rather than a victim means coming to terms with what happened and putting it in proper perspective:"It was a terrible thing that happened to me which no one should ever have to go through, but I survived it, and I will not allow it to define who I am. I am so much more than 'a victim of abuse'".
Don't assume that we on OCnet are naive either. You may be surprised to know that several of the OCnet team were actually personally acquainted with Eric Iliff (God forgive and rest him).
Abusive priests are nothing new in the Orthodox Church. On June 9th, the Orthodox Church commemorates the Five Nun Martyrs of Persia: Thecla, Mariamne, Martha, Mary, and Enmatha. They were a 4th century community who were betrayed by their own Priest, Fr. Paul, and beheaded. Their hagiography records that when their Spiritual Father urged them to accept pagan sacrifices, they "all together spat upon his face"
But they remained faithful to the Church to the end. Fr. Paul was not "the Church" for them.