NJ- Camp counselor arrested for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Friday, August 15, 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 New Jersey teenaged camp counselor has been arrested for inappropriately touching several young boys under his supervision. We applaud the brave witness who came forward and reported to police. When those who see, suspect, or suffer child sex crimes speak up children are safer.
The counselor was working at Neil Klatsin Day Camp, which is run by Kaplen Jewish Community Center , when he allegedly inappropriately touched at least three 6 year old boys.
We are glad camp officials informed parents of the abuse and law enforcement were able to interview all the children the counselor had contact with. We urge officials from Kaplen Jewish Community Center and any other organizations the counselor was a part of to seek out victims.
Anyone who saw, suspects, or suffered abuse should immediately call police, help 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’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.
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