Sexual abuse survivors, families protest protestant pastors conference in downtown Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Sexual abuse survivors and their families grabbed the attention of people walking by the KFC Yum! Center on Tuesday.

That's where a large Protestant pastors conference is being held.

The protesters claim churches hide sexual predators and want to raise awareness that it's a serious problem.

They're upset that one of the guest speakers, C.J. Mahaney, is accused of covering up sex abuse at his church.

One family drove all the way from Maryland to protest him being part of the conference.

Their daughter was sexually abused.

"Here's a picture of her at the age ... she was abused," Pam Palmer said. "She was abused by a teenage boy who was convicted. The church pastor under C.J. Mahaney said to us, 'don't call the police.'" 

The Together for the Gospel conference is expected to draw 8,000 people to Louisville through Thursday.

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