Granddaughter who alleged rape cover-up is awarded $2 million in Trinity Broadcasting Network lawsuit, victims respond
For immediate release, June 6, 2016
Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP Western Regional Leader, (949) 322-7434, firstname.lastname@example.org
When Carra Crouch came forward to her grandmother to say that she had been sexually abused, she needed help. Her grandmother Jan Crouch had a choice: she could report the abuse and protect her granddaughter, or she could see this child’s story as a threat to the institution, her multi-million-dollar religious empire, and her role as an iconic tele-evangelist. Jan Crouch decided to protect the institution and cause her granddaughter years of suffering to keep her quiet.
Yesterday, a jury decided Crouch’s decision was wrong.
We salute Carra’s bravery in coming forward and using the civil justice system to have her voice heard. She stood up to national Christian television network and the church her grandparents founded.
We hope that Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and its lawyers do not appeal the jury’s decision, but instead use the money they would pour into legal fees to instead train all of their employees in child sex abuse prevention, exposing child sex abuse and cover-up, proper abuse reporting in all fifty states, and how to help victims find healing and resources.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. 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.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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