VA--Church abuse panel questions EMU's choice of consulting firm

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Statement by Barbra Graber, SNAP Leader,

We are grateful that the Mennonite Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention did not affirm the choice of D. Stafford and Associates as EMU's chosen consulting firm. For a range of reasons, we believe it is inappropriate and even potentially harmful for this law firm to 'investigate' EMU or any other Mennonite institution regarding sexual misconduct by church leaders.    

(The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is the world’s oldest and largest support group for survivors of sexual abuse and their loved ones. SNAP was founded by victims of Catholic priests in 1988 and now has more than 21,000 members in 79 countries. Even though “Priests” is in its title, SNAP is open to religious and nonreligious persons who were sexually violated by anyone inside or outside a faith community.)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,, Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell,,    

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