UT - SNAP applauds ouster of pastor who failed to report abuse
A West Valley City minister has been removed for failing to quickly report allegations of child abuse.
We are grateful for this move. Too often, those who abuse kids get away because church officials refuse to or delay reporting allegations. When predators are brought to justice, those who enabled and protected them get off scot free, and allowed to remain in their positions. Only when those who enable and cover up child sex abuse are punished for their actions will the tide begin to turn against the child sex abuse epidemic.
We hope that Rev. Eddie Kelemini, who has stepped into the position left vacant by Rev. Havili Mone’s ouster, will be a friend to victims and an advocate for those who have been hurt by the church. We urge Rev. Kelemini to search within his church for others who may be suffering in silence and use every resource at his disposal to help them heal and seek justice.
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.