TN - Female Christian teacher accused of abuse; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

Statement by Steve Theisen of Hudson IA, Iowa director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (319 231 1663, [email protected])

A female Christian teacher is accused of abusing boys. As a child, I too was abused by a trusted older woman who was a nun.

I’m sad to read about the pain these boys have endured and are enduring. But I’m grateful they’re helping police and prosecutors. Kids are safe when law enforcement pursues, charges and convicted child molesters – of either gender.

Reporters should watch their language on this one. It’s wrong to say “he had sex with her three times,” as one journalist has done. That implies a degree of consent that is not possible when a trusted adult manipulates and exploits a child.

Instead of quickly trying to distance themselves from Beth Scearce, officials at Christ Classical Academy should be working to find and help anyone else who may have seen, suspected or suffered her crimes.

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])

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