Accused pastor stands trial in NJ, SNAP responds
A trial against an accused predator pastor began today in New Jersey.
We applaud this brave survivor for breaking her silence and reporting the abuse that she suffered to police. To come forward, especially at such a young age, is admirable. By doing so, she has likely spared many other children in Plainfield from the same fate that she allegedly met at the hands of Pastor George Benbow.
It is easy for the defense attorneys in this case to point the finger at the victim and blame her for having faulty recollections due to her young age. Yet the fact that there are several other allegations of abuse by Benbow shows that this victim-blaming is simply an inappropriate defense tactic. We are hopeful that the jury in this case will see this charade for what it is, and pay attention to the facts.
We urge anyone who may have seen, suspected, or suffered abuse at the hands of George Benbow or any other pastor in Plainfield or elsewhere to come forward and report their abuse to law enforcement officials.
Read the story here: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/05/trial_begins_for_plainfield_pa.html