NC- Church music teacher out on bond, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
A North Carolina music teacher, who was arrested for child sexual abuse, is out on bond. We are concerned that while he is out on bond he will be able to hurt another child. We urge parents and the community to be vigilant.
Brandon Wayne Bailey has been charged with sexually abusing a student during a private music lesson. Bailey is also a former employee at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church.
We are grateful to the brave victim who came forward and to Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church officials for calling and emailing congregants after they learned about Bailey’s arrest. We hope Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church officials will work harder to find former church staff and congregants whose kids may have been assaulted by Bailey.
We hope anyone else who was hurt by Bailey, or any other church officials, will find the courage to speak up, report what they know to police 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’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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