UK- Ipswich Jehovah's Witness molester is jailed
For immediate release: Thursday, April 3, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
We are glad that a Jehovah's Witness pedophile is behind bars and subject to a prevention order limiting contact with children in his future release.
William Rogers is in the hands of the law. That's the best way to protect kids. Now, the question is “Will his Jehovah's Witness colleagues and supervisors, both in the UK and Dominican Republic, do the right thing and aggressively seek out others who he hurt?”
If history is any guide, they won't. Far too many officials in religious organizations passively sit back and do nothing in child molestation cases rather than using their resources to find and aid other victims.
We hope every single Jehovah’s Witness who saw, suspected or suffered Rogers' crimes will find the strength to contact their local authorities, not the local elders.
(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 15,000 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
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