IN- Affidavit details sexual abuse by a youth pastor, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Monday, October 20, 2014
An Indiana youth pastor, who was arrested in September for sexual misconduct with a minor, allegedly abused a child on at least three occasions according to a court affidavit. We are grateful to the family member of the victim who reported the sexual abuse to the police.
When those who know about or suspect abuse speak up, children are safe.
Derrick "Duke" Hampsch was working as the youth pastor at First Baptist church in Vincennes, IN at the time of the abuse. According to news sources he is still listed on the phone directory at the church.
We urge church officials to immediately alert parishioners about Hampsch’s arrest and alleged abuse. They should beg anyone who saw, suspects, or suffered abuse by Hampsch to immediately report what they know to law enforcement.
(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 20,000 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.
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.