SNAP Media Events
Victims prod church to “take action”
Youth minister was arrested last week
He’s accused of molesting three children
SNAP: “Parents, ask your kids if they were hurt”
Group wants Methodist officials to “do outreach”
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will
--blast local church officials for their public comments in a pending child sex abuse case,
--urge them to “do aggressive outreach” seeking other “victims, witnesses and whistleblowers,”
--beg parents in the congregation to “ask their kids if they were hurt,” and
--prod anyone who may have “seen, suspected or suffered” crimes by the minister – or cover ups by his colleagues or supervisors – to “protect kids by calling law enforcement immediately.”
For immediate release: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Abuse victims to protest outside big church conference
They want preacher accused of concealing crimes “disinvited”
But event organizers are ignoring their request sent last week
Group says preacher’s role “will deter others from reporting abuse”
SNAP: “And it rubs salt into wounds of those who were hurt on his watch”
A support group for clergy sex abuse victims will protest outside a religious conference in Louisville later this month that is expected to draw more than 8,000 church-goers and staff.
“Damning church document” surfaces
It’s about Georgia’s most notorious predator priest
In 1980s, he admitted his crimes to 4 church officials
“He could have been stopped long ago,” group charges
SNAP: Memo shows Boston-style cover ups happened here
Victims also release list of 6 “largely unknown” Atlanta pedophiles
“Virtually none of them have attracted local attention,” group says
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will disclose a “damning” never-before-seen internal church memo showing that four top Georgia Catholic officials heard the state’s most notorious predator priest admit abusing kids decades ago, but they told no one and kept him on the job for years, allowing him to assault more children, and
They will also disclose a list of six predator priests who worked or spent time in Atlanta, been but have gotten little - if any - public attention in Georgia.
And they will also prod Catholic officials to post on church websites, “for the safety of kids,” the names, photos and whereabouts of child molesting clerics, like roughly 30 US bishops have done.
Victims' group discloses a “disturbing letter”
It shows church kept abuse report hidden
Support group blasts Mennonite officials for “secrecy”
SNAP: “Suspected crimes must be reported to police”
Holding signs and photos, abuse victims and their supporters will
--disclose a letter showing that church officials hid suspected crimes for a year and a half,
--give a copy of the letter to police, and
--urge anyone who sees, suspects or suffers abusive crimes to tell secular officials, not church officials.
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.