SNAP applauds student for blowing whistle on NH cover-up
A student may not graduate from college this spring because of his refusal to be silent about child sex abuse and cover up case in New Hampshire. He is Chris Peterman, and the case involves Chuck Phelps and Bob Jones University in SC.
It is unconscionable that a student could be denied his chance at graduation speaking out about a possible sexual-abuse cover-up, but unfortunately, witnesses and whistleblowers are often the targets of smear campaigns when they attempt to report what they may have seen.
We commend Chris Peterman for his bravery in searching for the truth regarding Chuck Phelps and his alleged impropriety. Peterman was suspended from Bob Jones University in South Carolina for questioning the reappointment of Phelps to the Board of Trustees. While a pastor at a Concord, NH Independent Fundamental Baptist Church, Phelps forced a teenage rape victim to apologize in public for her “sin” of pregnancy, and allegedly covered-up evidence of rape.
We urge anyone who may also have seen, suspected, or suffered crimes at the hands of Phelps to immediately make a report to police. The example set by Peterman ought to be followed, and we hope his courage will inspire others who may have been suffering in silence.
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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