KY- Church officials condemn whistleblower; SNAP responds
For immediate release: August 7, 2013
Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com
Religious figures attack a man who reported “serial physical and sexual abuse of children covered up" by church officials” claiming that his account is slander and “unbiblical”.
Brent Detwiler filed a lawsuit in January against the Sovereign Grace Ministries, a national network of churches, saying that the defendants, despite knowing the facts on multiple child abuse cases, “cared more about protecting its financial and institutional standing than about protecting children, its most vulnerable members” and therefore “failed to stop repeated and ongoing sexual predation occurring at SGM churches and organization”.
We applaud Detwiler for doing the right thing and not backing down. These serious accusations should be met with genuine concern, not adamant denial. Church officials should be welcoming those who report suspected abuse, not intimidating them.
SNAP encourages anyone with more information to report it to law enforcement so that the Sovereign Grace Ministries’ wrongdoings are brought to justice and the church officials will no longer endanger the safety of children.
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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