TX- Teacher arrested for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Monday, August 25, 2014
A first grade teacher has been arrested after a child came forward with abuse allegations. We applaud the bravery of this child and hope school officials will reach out to any other possible victims.
Juan Jose Soto Rangel worked at W.J. Turner Elementary and had been in the school district for 6 years. We urge school officials to release records of where else Rangel worked and immediately notify parents.
We hope that any other victims suffering in silence and self blame will gather courage from this survivor and report to law enforcement. Children are safer when those who saw, suspect, or suffered child sex crimes report what they know to secular law enforcement.
(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)
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.
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.