IL--Victims to leaflet at Southside church
Victims to leaflet at Southside church
Prominent pastor faces recent abuse charges
Despite these serious allegations, he’s still on the job
Group wants him removed “for the safety of other kids”
SNAP to congregants: “Protect innocent children, not accused clergy”
Before a church service, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will pass out leaflets to parishioners asking them to:
–urge their church officials to remove an accused predator from the pulpit, and
–beg anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes to contact the authorities;
They will also remind congregants to:
--reach out to family members and friends who may have been victimized, and
--make sure that survivors are not suffering alone and in silence.
Sunday, November 8th, 10:20 – 11:00 a.m.
Outside Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1460 West 78th Street, (near Ashland Ave), Chicago
Two-three members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, including a Chicago woman who is the organization’s founder and long-time president
A prominent South Side pastor has been charged with child sex crimes he admitted to committing as recently as last year.
Rev. George W. Waddles, Sr., is the minister at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church on the Southside. Despite Waddles admission and arrest, he remains in the pulpit.
At least two other church members have reported that Waddles also attacked them.
SNAP wants Waddles' congregation and his colleagues to force him to resign. They are also urging other “victims, witnesses and whistleblowers” to “come forward, call police, expose wrongdoing and protect kids.”
Rev. Waddles allegedly tried to hug and kiss a then-13 year old girl several times during counseling sessions and meetings at his church. The pastor has worked at the church for two decades.
“Those who abuse children usually have more than one victim,” said SNAP president Barbara Blaine. “There are likely others who were hurt by Pastor Waddles and are still suffering in shame and silence.”
“It’s imperative that church officials remove this man from ministry while the criminal case is pending,” added SNAP spokesperson Bill Reidy. “The church could be putting other kids at risk by not taking this important step.”
Blaine concluded, “Zion Hill should also use church resources to reach out to those who may have suffered, seen or suspected criminal behavior and urge them to contact the police. But congregants can also reach out to those who may have been hurt and encourage them to speak up, report their abuse and begin healing.”
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.
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.