NE- Pastor accused of inappropriate touching
For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, firstname.lastname@example.org)
A Nebraska pastor has been charged with sexual assault after allegedly inappropriately touching a teenage girl. We applaud this brave girl for reporting her abuse. Other children will be safer because she had the courage to speak up.
Clifton J. Wells has been the pastor at the Church of Jesus Christ for 26 years and is a retired Omaha firefighter.
We hope this girl’s bravery will encourage anyone else who might have been hurt by Wells to come forward, contact police, and start healing.
Officials at the Church of Jesus Christ should immediately alert parishioners about Wells arrest and beg 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.