OH- Pastor facing sex charges, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Monday, June 02, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
An Ohio pastor is facing sex related charges involving one of his adopted children. We hope the brave victim in this case gets the help and support they need.
Paul Endrei, is the founder and head pastor of Church on the Rise in Westlake. Details of the case have not been made public, but we hope church officials cooperate fully with law enforcement and aggressively seek out others who may have been hurt by this minister.
We also hope that church member and the public are not blinded by the popularity of Endrei and remember the innocent victim in this case. We urge anyone who saw, suspects or suffered any inappropriate behavior from Endrei, will contact secular officials.
(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 18,000 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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