IN- Youth pastor posed as girl to get nude photos, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
An Indiana youth pastor pleaded guilty to charges that he sexually exploited minors. We are deeply disturbed and distressed by the actions of this man and hope he gets a lengthy prison sentence.
Nathan Hasty was the Campus Life Director for Youth for Christ from Huntington, IN. According to the FBI Hasty used a fake social media account to lure young boy into sending nude photos and other lewd sexual acts.
It is deeply upsetting that a man entrusted by the community to work with their children abused his power so greatly.
We urge Youth for Christ officials to reach out to anyone else who many have been victimized by this dangerous individual and encourage them to call law enforcement. There may be innocent children suffering in silence and self blame. We hope they find the courage to come forward and start healing.
(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.
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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