MI- Christian radio host arrested for alleged child sex crimes
For immediate release: Friday, June 20, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
A Christian radio host is accused of child sex crimes. This is a real test for officials at WCSG Family Christian Radio.
They can fall prey to the temptation to stay quiet. Or they can step up and help police. They can do nothing. Or they can use their airwaves to beg others who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by John Baylo to call prosecutors, expose wrongdoers, and protect others. We hope station staff acts responsibly and take action to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.
We hope everyone who knows or works with Baylo will aggressively reach out to those who may have been hurt and may be suffering in silence, shame and self-blame.
(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 18,000 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)
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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