MS - Victims urge "action," not "waiting" in child sex abuse case
A Hinds County judge will decide whether Rev. John Langworthy, who has admitted to “sexual indiscretions” with boys in Mississippi and Texas will be prosecuted or freed.
For people with information or suspicions about Rev. Langworthy to silently sit back now is irresponsible.
It must be tempting to do nothing, and assume that "everything will turn out fine in the end," that a judge will let criminal proceedings against Langworthy proceed, that Langworthy will be found guilty, and that Langworthy will be put behind bars for many years so he can't hurt others.
Those assumptions are tempting. But they're foolish.
Kids are safer when adults act. Kids are hurt when adults selfishly stay silent and assume that someone else - the police, the prosecutor, the judge, the jury - will make sure child molesters are locked up.
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
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.