KY- Minister charged with sexual abuse of minor, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, firstname.lastname@example.org)
A Kentucky youth minister allegedly sexually abused and threatened one of his students. We are grateful to the brave victim who found the courage to speak up.
Rev. Allen Murphy, who was a youth pastor at Polly Ann Church of God in Eubank, was charged with three counts of sex crimes involving a minor.
We urge officials at Polly Ann Church of God to use their resources to reach out to anyone who may have seen, suspects, or suffered crimes by Murphy. We hope any other victims who might be suffering in silence and self-blame will find the courage to speak up, report abuse, help protect other kids, 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 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)