TN - Pastor named in child sex suit; SNAP responds
Today's Washington Post reports that a Tennessee pastor has been accused, in a new civil lawsuit filed in Maryland, of:
---"forcing a victim over a period of 25 years to strip 'against her will' and assaulting her, and
--- "covering up sexual abuse of minors, forcing small children to 'forgive' abusers and ostracizing families who wouldn’t hide the alleged crimes."
He's Larry Tomczak, a co-founder of the controversial Sovereign Grace Ministries, a 100-church evangelical denomination.
We fear deeply for the safety of kids in these strict, patriarchal, and secretive church groups like Sovereign Grace. We desperately hope that every single current or former Sovereign Grace member or staff will share whatever knowledge or suspicions they may have about child sex crimes or cover ups with law enforcement.
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.