SC- Abusive female teacher is predator, SNAP says
When an adult sexually violates a minor, it's never "a relationship" or "an intimate interaction." It's a crime. It should be described and treated like a crime. It should never be depicted as consensual, because by definition, a 16 year old cannot truly consent to sex involving someone twice his or her age.
The gender of the victim or the victimizer is irrelevant.
And it's not "having sex." It's "exploiting a child." It's "child sexual abuse." Again, it's a crime.
School officials have three duties here. First, they must aggressively seek out and help anyone else who has been hurt by Wentzky. Second, they must beg any witnesses or whistleblowers with information or suspicions about Wentzky to call police. And third, they must quickly educate staff and students about how to appropriately respond when child sex abuse allegations surface, so that no one - intentionally or inadvertently - says or does anything to further injure this victim.
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SNAP will be Representing Clergy Abuse Survivors in Rome!
We are taking the fight to Rome and are standing up for all survivors on a world stage! From February 19-25, Board President Tim Lennon, Seattle Leader Mary Dispenza, Los Angeles Leader Esther Hatfield Miller and Austin Leader Carol Midboe will be traveling to Rome for Pope Francis' Papal Abuse Summit.
If you are a member of the media and looking to get in touch with these survivors while in Rome, click here for our media advisory and contact information. If you are interested in connecting with a survivor in the US from your area of coverage, please contact one of the SNAP leaders in the US listed below:
- East Coast/DC: Becky Ianni (SNAPvirginia@cox.net, 703-801-6044)
- Midwest/Chicago: Zach Hiner (firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-974-9009)
- Midwest/St. Louis: David Clohessy (email@example.com, 314314-566-9790)
- West Coast / San Francisco: Melanie Sakoda (firstname.lastname@example.org, 925-708-6175)
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