MK Safety Net responds: Missionary doctor won't face sex assault trial
For immediate release: Thursday, August 2, 2018
Statement by SNAP Chapter MK Safety Net
Dianne Couts, President
MK Safety Net is greatly disappointed that Dr. Donn Ketcham will never stand trial. Some of his victims, who were MKs (missionary kids) in Bangaladesh when he molested them, have once again been the ones to suffer. For over a year and a half the dread of having to testify against him in court has hung over their heads as the trial was postponed again and again. Yesterday the court ruled that, due to his Parkinson's disease and failing memory, Donn Ketcham was not competent to stand trial because he would not be able to defend himself.
MK Safety Net stands with his victims, four women and eighteen children, who were not only unable to defend themselves but whose abuse was covered up to protect Donn Ketcham and the reputation of his mission organization, the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism.
Sadly, issues of present and historic abuse abound in mission circles. MK Safety Net urges mission boards and their supporting churches to put victims of abuse in mission settings first so that justice will prevail in these cases. Far too often they suffer for a lifetime and their perpetrators walk free.
This breaking story can be found here. It includes statements from the victims who had been scheduled to testify at the trial.
The results of the investigation into the allegations against Donn Ketcham can be found here:
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
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- 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.
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