IL - Five men sue Chicago evangelist for child sex abuse
For immediate release: Monday October 21, 2013
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
A highly visible “urban evangelist” is accused of molesting five boys.
Often, shrewd predators sexually assault “troubled” kids who likely won’t tell or be believed if they do tell. And they often seek close ties with law enforcement to give them added credibility. That’s what we suspect Rev. McLean has done.
We applaud these five brave men for speaking up, seeking justice and exposing a dangerous predator.
We hope that every person who saw, suspected or suffered Rev. McLean’s crimes will step forward, call police and get help.
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.