CO- Three more victims of Westminster pastor come forward
For immediate release: Thursday, April 3, 2014
Statement by Jeb Barrett, Colorado SNAP Director, SNAPDenver@comcast.net, 720-891-0540
Three more victims of a Westminster pastor, who has already been charged with sexual assault on a child, came forward to authorities.
We are thankful that these three brave women have found the courage to come forward. It is immoral and many times illegal when a pastor who is a position of power uses his position to harm the innocent and vulnerable.
We hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes – by Clark or others, as adults or as children – will speak up. Keeping quiet only helps predators and endangers others. When victims and witnesses speak out children are safer.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.