NY - Christian school in Bronx sued for abuse
For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 9, 2014
A brave you woman is suing New Covenant Christian School in the Bronx for the child sexual abuse she suffered there.
We applaud Shannon Young for having the courage to step forward and reveal the abuse she suffered at the hands of Edward Mills, a teacher at New Covenant Christian School and for having the wisdom to work within the judicial system. Because of her lawsuit, filed on Monday in State Supreme court in the Bronx, the community will be warned about Mills and can take steps to protect the children.
It is crucial that anyone who has been harmed by Mills to come forward and begin healing. And for those that have seen or suspected his misdeeds to work with law enforcement so that children will be protected.
“We worry that Mills may molest again. We are worried about others he may have hurt already who may still be suffering in shame, silence, and self-blame. And we worry that teachers, parents and school employees may still be concealing crimes or will do so in the future,” said David Clohessy, Executive Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)
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.