SNAP reaches out to Kanakuk Kamps victims and witnesses
Our hearts ache for the victims of Lee Bradberry. At the same time, we are left wondering how it is possible that – after having already had a high-ranking staff member, director Pete Newman, arrested for child sex crimes – Kanakuk Kamps allowed the same thing to happen again?
It is clear that the owners of this camp need to begin a rigorous background checking system in order to prevent any more children from being victimized by their employees.
It is especially disturbing given the fact that Kanakuk officials had known about Newman’s crimes for almost a decade prior to his arrest. We hope that these officials did not similarly know of allegations against Bradberry, but our expectations are tempered. We urge anyone who may have seen, suspected, or suffered crimes at the hands of Bradberry or any other Kanakuk official to come forward now and make a report to police.
Read the story here: http://rturner229.blogspot.com/2012/04/kanakuk-staff-member-arrested-on-sex.html
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
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