MS- Teacher admits sexually abusing students, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Friday, August 22, 2014
A Mississippi teacher has admitted to police that he sexually abused students for 20 years. We are grateful to the two brave victims who reported to law enforcement and hope more victims will feel empowered to come forward.
William Richard Pryor was working for a Catholic school in the Diocese of Biloxi prior to his arrest. Pryor has admitted to sexually abusing 8 children while he was a teacher at Bayou View Junior High School, with many of the incidences happening on out of state school trips.
It is possible that there are many more victims suffering in silence and self blame across the country. We urge school officials at every place that hired Pryor to reach out to all current and former students and ask anyone who saw, suspects or suffered abuse to come forward and report to law enforcement.
(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.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.