The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Clergy sex victims respond to arrest of Protestant pastor
Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, SNAP Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, St. Louis MO, 314 503 0003 cell, 314 862 7688 home, SNAPnetwork.org, SNAPdorris@gmail.com
It's tragic every time a trusted adult sexually exploits a child or teen, but especially when that grown up is a supposed religious authority figure. Our hearts ache for this girl and her family.
We desperately hope that anyone who saw, suspected or suffered from this clergyman's crimes will come forward, call police, get help, and protect others by courageously reporting to law enforcement as this brave but wounded girl has done.
(SNAP is a 20 year old, confidential, independent, Chicago-based national support group with 8,000 members in 60 chapters. Our mission is to heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable. Despite the word 'priest' in our title, we help men and women who were victimized by any religious figure of any denomination.)
Pastor charged in rape
NATCHEZ The Pastor of True Bibleway Church was arrested and charged with statutory rape for allegedly having sexual relations with, and impregnating, a 14-year-old congregant.
On Monday, the Rev. Freddie L. Parker was arraigned and released on a $10,000 bond.
Adams County Sheriffs Deputy Maj. Jody Waldrop said deputies became aware of the case when Parker's victim, now 15, came forward to file a complaint against Parker in February after giving birth to a child alleged to be his.
Waldrop said a DNA test was done to establish paternity.
Based on evidence from the DNA tests, warrants were issued for his arrest, Waldrop said.
Waldrop said the girl reported she had been in a sexual relationship with Parker for several months, starting when she was 14.
Additionally, the girl reported she and Parker had sexual relations in the church and in both of their houses, Waldrop said.
Staff of the True Bibleway Church could not be reached for comment
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests