The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Clergy sex victims release new legal records
Group fears there are more who have information & want church officials to do outreach
Protestant minister was accused of sexual abuse at least once before, SNAP says
They'll also urge
Documents of the text messages between the pastor and teenage church members were obtained by media, many of which to be found extremely graphic.
Court records show the churchs disciplinary committee report, stating "that Pastor Gilyard has acted irresponsibly through his interaction with these teenage girls and has put his ministry and Shiloh Metropolitan Church at risk both spiritually and financially."
The police investigation shows there were allegations that Gilyard inappropriately touched one teenage girl during a counseling session. Gilyard defended his role as counselor, claiming it wasnt all bad since he got the girl to get better grades.
The victims feel that this is no time to be complacent, and that current and former church members and staff who have info about Gilyard's crimes have a moral and civic duty to break their silence so that he will be effectively prosecuted, convicted, jailed and kept away from youngsters.
The victims will also call, for the first time, on Jacksonville Baptist Association's churches and leaders to do outreach too, since some abused by Gilyard may well have joined other Baptist churches, and to show children who've been sexually assaulted in Baptist congregations that church leaders take such crimes seriously.
SNAP is a confidential, independent Chicago-based support group dedicated to protecting the vulnerable and healing the wounded.
A native of Palatka, FL, Gilyard had been pastor of the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church for 15 years.
The group is also urging the public to attend an upcoming screening of a new documentary on clergy sex abuse called "All God's Children." It will be shown Thursday, May 14th, at 7pm at the Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 2001 University Boulevard West in Jacksonville.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests