We applaud Cameron Greer for courageously reporting the abuse he says he suffered at the hands of his pastor. We are grateful he’s taking legal action to protect others and we are impressed by the courage he’s showing by discussing his experiences publicly. Abuse and cover up happen over and over again because many church members can’t summon the strength to speak out and because many church officials can’t summon the courage to disclosed crimes. Greer should be commended for acting responsibly to expose wrongdoing and safeguard others.
We hope Methodist officials – in Dallas and in Wichita (where Pastor Gordon also worked) will use their resources to seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered this clergyman’s’ crimes. We hope anyone with information or suspicions of misdeeds will contact law enforcement immediately. When victims, witnesses and whistleblowers speak up, there’s at least a chance for healing, justice and prevention. When they stay silent, however, nothing changes and kids remain at risk.