SC-- Former priest arrested; Victims Respond
For immediate release: Monday, August 28, 2017
Statement by Barbara Dorris, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503-0003 bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org
A former Catholic priest was arrested and is facing nine indictments child sex abuse charges in Jasper County, SC. We are so grateful for the two brave survivors who worked with prosecutors to make this happen.
Former priest Father Wayland Yoder Brown, Jr lived and worked in the Savannah Diocese. Brown pled guilty in September of 2002 to abusing 2 boys in 1974 while at Catholic University Seminary in Washington, DC. And was sentenced to ten years in prison. Brown was laicized in 2008.
Now more than ever it is imperative that survivors, witnesses and whistleblowers to come forward. Charges are not a conviction, so we beg anyone with information to come forward and work with law enforcement.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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.