MO--Minister sued for abuse is still on the job
For immediate release Thursday, January 15
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org )
A civil abuse lawsuit against Wayman AME church officials and Rev. Frederick McCullough
has been settled, yet Rev. McCullough remains head of another congregation. We beg his flock to oust him before he can hurt others.
We applaud Brenda Jones for her bravery and compassion. It's very hard to disclose this kind of horrific pain and betrayal. It's even harder to then take legal action against the church one loves. And Brenda did this, she was treated terribly by denominational officials.
Still, she persevered. And we admire and thank her for persisting in her struggle for prevention and justice. Church members are safer now because she acted responsibly by speaking up and taking action.
We urge all pastors in north city and north county to warn their staff and members about Rev. McCullough. We urge anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes or misdeeds to call police, get help, expose wrongdoers, protect others and start healing.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 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.
Note to Letter Writers
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