TX- Church to hold rally for admitted molester

TX- Church to hold rally for admitted molester

For immediate release: Monday, July 28, 2014

Statement by Amy Smith of Dallas, SNAP leader (281 748 4050, watchkeepamy@gmail.com

Supporters of a convicted child sexual predator are holding a rally today to support him. We hope they will change their minds and cancel the event. We also urge officials at a Leander church to cancel a similar event set for Aug. 10.

This month, a jury found Greg Kelley guilty of sexually abusing a four year old boy. Before sentencing, Kelley voluntarily accepted a plea deal in which he admitted guilt. Two young boys testified against him. One mom testified that her son told her Kelley had molested him.

People who want to support a convicted and admitted predator should do so privately, not publicly. To hold rallies for a convicted and admitted predator endangers kids by making it harder for those who see, suspect and suffer child sex crimes from speaking up. 

Those who believe Kelley is innocent should visit him, pray for him, write to him and help his family. But they should do so in ways that do not scare other victims of other predators into staying silent.

By mounting public displays of support for a convicted and admitted predator, these misguided individuals are rubbing even more salt into the already - deep and still - fresh wounds of abuse victims and making it harder for police, prosecutors and employers to catch and oust child molesters. 

Adults must learn to accept a disturbing truth: child molesters don't have forked tongues or devil’s tails or horns on their heads. They are usually not "creepy" people who give us "the willies" or seem socially inept. They are usually charming and charismatic and outgoing. That is often how they are able to gain the trust of children and adults.

So we must overcome the dangerous temptation to believe an accused sex offender is innocent just because he's likeable or talented or devout. Discrediting victims and publicly supporting predators, especially convicted ones, not only hurts the innocent victims who have already suffered too much, but it also hurts other victims who suffer in silence and self-blame.

It creates a hostile environment and does not encourage victims to speak up and help protect other innocent people.

We urge officials at Generations Church to cancel this hurtful event. If congregants really must support a convicted predator, we ask that they do so privately. 

The church is run by pastors Bob & Tammy Brydon (1461 E. Woodview Dr. in Leander, TX (512-616-7000, info@generationschurch.net). According to the church website, the Brydons have been “actively involved in local church ministry, in both lay and pastoral staff positions, in several large Austin-area churches.”

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years 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)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

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  • commented 2014-08-10 17:08:16 -0500
    I live in this area, and I have to say that I am very disturbed by how many christian parents are rushing to Greg Kelley’s defense. Many (most) of these christian parents do not even know Greg Kelley, his family, or any of the parties involved. The reason why this disturbs me so much is that I keep seeing this phrase repeated “the convoluted testimony of a 4-year-old”. Some of the local “christian” moms who are repeating this phrase (while supporting Greg Kelley) have preschool/kinder aged children themselves! Dear women……what gives you the right to judge that this 4-year-old childs testimony was “convoluted”? I pray to God – for the sake of you and your children – that you are right. Because if you are wrong……and you are defending a child molester, while participating in the mental, emotional and spiritual abuse of a 4-year-old (via your rallies, petitions, and cries for "justice)…….well, if that is what you are doing, and this 4 to 5 year old was in fact telling the truth…….you’re gonna have alot to answer for someday when you stand face to face with the One you CLAIM to serve.
  • commented 2014-07-28 18:18:17 -0500
    the defenders of this child rapist said it was his word against a four year old. The article states there were two who testified about what happened to them and one mother who stated he assaulted her son…..how many others were there who were ‘shamed’ into keeping quiet by this church. He admitted to it. So why are they ‘asking for justice, and the truth be served’….if he didn’t do it, and there was credible evidence to say he didn’t why did he take the plea…….something to think about.
  • commented 2014-07-28 16:51:55 -0500
    Oh, sorry. I had thought Mrs. Dorris had written this. So, having realized she didn’t, I want to thank Amy Smith of Dallas SNAP for having done so.
  • commented 2014-07-28 16:49:02 -0500
    Thank you, Mrs. Dorris. I think it is particularly salient that you reminded all of us of the following: “So we must overcome the dangerous temptation to believe an accused sex offender is innocent just because he’s likeable or talented or devout. Discrediting victims and publicly supporting predators, especially convicted ones, not only hurts the innocent victims who have already suffered too much, but it also hurts other victims who suffer in silence and self-blame.
    It creates a hostile environment and does not encourage victims to speak up and help protect other innocent people.”
    (I can’t help but continue to wonder in shocked amazement, why anyone who is not themself a pedophile, would want to support such heinous criminals as these pedophile catholic priest predators and their enablers. I do know that what you say is true about many of the predators being charismatic, although I believe there are also the “creepy” ones, as well.)
  • commented 2014-07-28 14:09:30 -0500
    It be nice if you would actually look into the facts of the case and go to FightForGK.com
    Then you would realize WHY we are holding these events and why this could happen to anyone. There is so much to the story that needs to be heard and justice needs to be served.
  • commented 2014-07-28 11:09:08 -0500
    These people are very sick, molesters never stop more of your children will be harmed and you did it to your selves
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