SC- Minister charged with sexual assault, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])

A South Carolina man has been charged with sexually assaulting a child.

August Byron Kreis III, a former Aryan Nations leader and Christian Identity minister has been charged with sexually assaulting a child under the age of 12 in South Carolina and showing the child pornography.

We are grateful for the mother of the victim for reporting the abuse to law enforcement. And we are glad that law enforcement officials are encouraging anyone else who saw, suspects or suffered sexual assault by Kreis to come forward. It is through the brave actions of whistleblowers, witnesses, law enforcement, prosecutors and victims that our children are kept safe.

(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

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,[email protected]), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, [email protected]), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, [email protected]

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