Downingtown East Grad Studying Abroad Forgives Her Attacker in France

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After being attacked with acid by a mentally ill woman in Marseille, France, Downingtown East alumna Courtney Siverling offered forgiveness and prayer.

The Marseille, France, acid attack on a Downingtown East High School alumna and three of her friends recently made national headlines, and now Boston College junior Courtney Siverling is making headlines again with a response of forgiveness and prayer for her attacker.

“I pray that the attacker would be healed from her mental illness in the name of Jesus, and receive the forgiveness and salvation that can only come from Him,” Siverling said in a Philadelphia Inquirer report by Erin McCarthy.


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And that reaction from Siverling, who is studying a semester at Paris-Sorbonne University as part of her double major in international studies and French, doesn’t surprise those who know her.

“She definitely has the ability to look at something and see where God is working,” said her sister, Megan Siverling.

Siverling and three others were treated and released after the attack, which involved what was described as a “weak solution of hydrochloric acid.”

Read more about the gracious response to the attack in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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