MN- Protestant pastor gets 24 years for child rape; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Friday, October 03, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
At the risk of seeming simplistic, children are safer when predators are imprisoned. So we are grateful that a Twin Cities pastor has been sentenced to 24 years behind bars for raping two girls.
It's pathetic, and hurtful, to hear the manipulative claims Jacoby Kindred Sr. made to exploit the innocence of these girls. And it's sad to see no remorse from him.
We suspect Kindred assaulted other children. Let's hope each one of them feels validated and safer today. And let's hope each one of them steps forward and starts healing.
(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 20,000 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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