SNAP applauds whistle-blowing student in SC
It is unconscionable that a student could be denied his chance at graduation for refusing to be silent 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. Though details of the case are thin at this point, the fact that Peterman was suspended for such innocuous activities as posting music to his Facebook and watching Glee is indicative that Bob Jones University was trying everything they could to silence him. We are glad that they were unsuccessful.
We urge anyone who may also have seen, suspected, or suffered crimes at the hands of Phelps or any other BJU employee – teacher or staff – 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.
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.