For immediate release Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of California, Volunteer Member of SNAP’s Board of Directors (925-708-6175, firstname.lastname@example.org)
SNAP applauds Jules Woodson for speaking out about what happened between her and Reverend Andy Savage in 1998 when she was 17 years old. At the time, Savage was the youth pastor at Woodson’s church, Woodlands Parkway Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. The #MeToo movement inspired Woodson to confront Savage and to go public with her truth.
But the church’s response is full of red flags that concern those of us who monitor the sexual abuse of minors in religious communities, and that should concern everyone who wants to see minors protected and perpetrators exposed and kept from harming other young people. Though Woodson reported Savage’s assault to her church leaders in Houston, she said that they initially covered up the assault -- until she told her story to an all-woman discipleship group in the church.
Admitted abuser college prof to perform in Carnegie Hall with teens
MI College didn’t tell high school, churches about prof's past
“Adrian College duped production company and high school choir,” group says
A Michigan music professor who admitted to sexually molesting two teens while he was a teacher in California will be taking his choirs to Carnegie Hall in March, where they will be performing with a high school choir and four other groups.
SNAP, the Survivors Network (SNAPNetwork.org), believes that the neither the touring company, Mid-America Productions, based in New York City, Link: http://midamerica-music.com/concerts-2018-2/, nor any of the churches, colleges, or the high school involved, were warned about the Adrian College professor, Dr. Thomas Hodgman.