TN - Female Christian teacher accused of abuse; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Monday, Oct. 21, 2013
Statement by Steve Theisen of Hudson IA, Iowa director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (319 231 1663, Ltreggiefan@cs.com)
A female Christian teacher is accused of abusing boys. As a child, I too was abused by a trusted older woman who was a nun.
I’m sad to read about the pain these boys have endured and are enduring. But I’m grateful they’re helping police and prosecutors. Kids are safe when law enforcement pursues, charges and convicted child molesters – of either gender.
Reporters should watch their language on this one. It’s wrong to say “he had sex with her three times,” as one journalist has done. That implies a degree of consent that is not possible when a trusted adult manipulates and exploits a child.
Instead of quickly trying to distance themselves from Beth Scearce, officials at Christ Classical Academy should be working to find and help anyone else who may have seen, suspected or suffered her crimes.
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.