SD- Bond set for ex-pastor, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
An ex-pastor from South Dakota has been arrested and had his bond set in a child sexual abuse case. We are grateful to the victim who came forward in this case.l
Timothy Thompson was the pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Mobridge, SD and then moved to Colorado. The alleged abuse happened on SD.
We are grateful to the brave victim and their family for alerting authorities. We urge officials at Cornerstone Community Church to immediately alert parishioners and beg anyone who saw suspects, or suffers abuse to come forward, report to police, help protect children, and start healing.
(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 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.