TN--Non-profit should ‘reach out’ to other victims
For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 17
A former Memphis college student and Big Brothers/Big Sisters volunteer was convicted Thursday of raping a 7-year-old boy. Officials with the school and the non-profit should aggressively reach out to others who may have been hurt by Christopher Bostick.
All too often, when child molesters are caught, their supervisors and colleagues clam up. But if kids are to be safer, everyone who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes must call law enforcement immediately. And those who hire or work with predators must do all they can to find others who have been assaulted and beg them to call law enforcement.
We hope that no one at LeMoyne or at Big Brothers/Big Sisters ignored or concealed Bostick’s crimes. We hope police and prosecutors have or will closely investigate this possibility. We hope that officials at the college and the agency will find the courage to do what’s right – search for and help anyone else who is in pain because of Bostick.
And we hope that those who Bostick assaulted will urge the judge to levy a harsh sentence that will keep this predator away from kids for a long time.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, email@example.com)
Former mentor convicted in rape of 7-year-old boy
by Katie Fretland of the Commercial Appeal, Posted: September 17, 2015 4:07 PM
A former mentor was convicted Thursday of raping a 7-year-old boy.
The victim said Christopher Bostick raped him on Oct. 10, 2012 at his home.
Bostick was 21 years old and met the victim through the local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, according to the office of the Shelby County District Attorney General. He was described as the boy’s “role model or mentor,” in an affidavit.
Bostick, now 24 years old, is . . .
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.
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