TX - Victims applaud move to seize cult's TX ranch
We applaud Texas authorities who are moving to seize the FLDS ranch where children were abused and may still be being abused. Some may consider this move excessive. We consider it prudent.
Keep in mind that one in four girls and one in eight boys are molested. That’s a staggering amount of crime that has severe, crippling, life-long impact on hundreds of thousands of innocent kids.
Given how hurtful such abuse is, and how often predators go undetected, something must change. The notion that we should continue isolated prosecutions of individual child molesters - while ignoring those who saw, suspected, or even enabled the crimes – is just wrong.
This move will also deter future criminal behavior, especially in institutional settings where religious officials commit or condone horrific crimes against youngsters.
Even small disruptions in the lives of those who commit or conceal child sex crimes – like making them move elsewhere – can help protect kids.
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.