SNAP urges investigation of "secrecy-obsessed" commune
It’s both dangerous and outrageous any time alleged spiritual figures insist that their followers agree to keep potential crimes secret. The notion that "that all disputes be settled within the confines of the church" is a pedophile’s dream and recipe for disaster.
All child sex crimes - whether confirmed or suspected - must be reported to the independent professionals in law enforcement regardless of the man-made rules of secrecy-obsessed church officials.
We call on local law enforcement to investigate Homestead Heritage. And we urge current and former members of that community to find the courage to violate the harmful secrecy edict and, for the sake of innocent, wounded and vulnerable kids, tell police and prosecutors what they know and suspect about possible child sex crimes there.
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.
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.