TX--Victims applaud new anti-abuse billboard
For immediate release: Friday, July 17
A new billboard between Austin and Waco criticizes Jehovah’s Witness officials about child sex crimes and cover ups in the denomination.
We applaud the victims and concerned individuals who funded and designed it.
Kids will be safer only when church-goers and victims work together to raise awareness and put pressure on church officials to aggressively remove those who commit and conceal crimes against children. This is especially true in denominations like the Jehovah’s Witnesses that are headed by secretive, insular, male-dominated hierarchies.
We hope every single man, woman and child who have been sexually victimized in the Jehovah’s Witnesses will find the strength and courage to call police, expose wrongdoers, prevent cover ups and start healing.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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.
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.