I've worked on cases involving men this age who have been victimized by pastors. I've seen accused persons, confirmed perpetrators and victims professionally. I've even been present at confrontations between victims and perpetrators. This young man's presentation eerily echoes what I've heard from victims in case after case. They are almost always palpably indignant; they refer to the smell of the perpetrator, the showers that never get them clean and the crying. They talk about the perpetrator being unable to look them in the eye while denying the accusation. And they frequently use the word "monster" to describe the perpetrator. No other word is adequate to convey the depth of the mind-effing cruelty they've experienced. The only piece that's missing is the porn. If the accusations are true, there will likely be a prominent place for porn in these stories.
There is a tendency to imagine that men above the age of legal consent must bear some responsibility for what has happened, but as the young man in this video explains, personal history with the accused--a profound emotional (and sometimes material) dependency on the accused--makes it exceedingly difficult to resist any demands, no matter how deeply troubling. I must admit that when I first encountered these cases I was surprised that young adults would not put a stop to such behavior, but, for most of them, there is no other life that matters beyond the religious life rooted in their relationship with the pastor.
I know false accusations occur and that possibility cannot be ruled out in this case. But it's rare, in my experience, to see so many false accusations leveled against one innocent individual. It seems to me that if the accusations are false there would be some sort of conspiracy occurring. If Long is being falsely accused, I would expect the accusers' stories to fall apart under the close scrutiny that will occur when Long, these men and others are deposed--if it goes that far.
It occurred to me that some readers might not be familiar with this story. Here's a report from ABC News.