TX--Baptist Home abuse case moves ahead
For immediate release: Friday, April 3
We are grateful that the Waxahachie Police Department was making a grand jury referral for aggravated sexual abuse of a child and injury to a child in a case involving the Texas Baptist Home for Children. We hope others who may have seen, suspected or suffered abuse or cover ups by Home officials will call police and prosecutors immediately.
We also praise Justin Cook for his courage and his family for standing by him through this ordeal. Few abused teens are able to summon the strength to speak up quickly and publicly when they are assaulted. Cook is a brave and resilient individual and we hope the justice system brings him healing and closure.
We hope the Ellis County District Attorney moves quickly and investigates thoroughly. And we hope that anyone who has information or suspicions about Baptist Home predators will come forward and help ensure that others are protected and that justice is done.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have 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)
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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