Media Statements and Events

AR--Victims challenge church where abuse happened

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

A Jonesboro church employee was sentenced yesterday for repeatedly raping the two girls but still faces charges of video voyeurism and child pornography.

http://www.bigstory.ap.org/article/aa1d8ec560b14d26a31a3fd17fc5dd40/ex-arkansas-pastor-charged-rape-gets-2-life-sentences

Now, we challenge First Assembly of God Church staff and members to aggressively reach out to find others who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Anthony Waller.

Why?

Because church officials gave Waller access to kids

Because Waller faces more charges

Because police and prosecutors need help pursuing predators

Because the more law enforcement knows about a criminal the more appropriately he can be sentenced.

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VA--University is misleading students and staff, victims group says

PRESS STATEMENT

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Statement by Barbra Graber (540-214-8874), mennonite@snapnetwork.org)  Anabaptist Mennonite Chapter of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests 

statement released on Friday by Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) officials to its students and staff is misleading and depressing.

Their statement comes after a courageous survivor, Lauren Shifflett, wrote a moving account last week of the suffering she endured when EMU vice-president Luke Hartman stalked and abused her during the time she was an EMU student and while he worked at Skyline Middle School in Harrisonburg. He also stalked her while he was VP.

EMU keeps misleading the public by claiming things are in the past. Hartman was a university VP until a few months ago when he was arrested for solicitation of prostitution. A stalking event occurred in 2014 and drove Shifflett, out of fear, to report to congregational leaders at Lindale Mennonite congregation in Harrisonburg, VA, yet Hartman remained in his high position for another year and a half until his arrest in January 2016.  

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