Thursday, May 24, 2012

Church musician accused of sexually assaulting teen inside Fort Bend County church

Investigators said Grimsley contacted the teen through Facebook, where he posted pictures of himself playing the guitar. Brady said Grimsely also sent the girl text messages. He tried to get the girl to meet with him again and asked her to send him pictures of certain body parts, investigators said. The teen's family found the messages and called detectives, officials said.
Grimsley is accused of assaulting the teen at Zion Watchtower Baptist Church in Richmond, Texas.

Thankfully this child's family members were observant and found the messages from this abuser to her and contacted law enforcement immediately, rather than report it to church authorities. Kids are always safer when child sex crimes are reported to law enforcement as soon as these crimes are discovered so that abusers are exposed and investigated by professionals.

Hopefully anyone who saw, suffered or suspected child sex crimes or has knowledge of such by Mr. Grimsley will contact law enforcement immediately. Call 911 or the TX abuse hotline at 1-800-252-5400.

A case in Florida should be a wake-up call for all Baptist churches: 

The light of knowledge and truth is our most important tool to protect kids.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Culture of secrecy

Evidence in clergy abuse trial shows a culture of secrecy
Together, the evidence pointed to a long-standing culture in the hierarchy - and at times the ranks below - that chose secrecy over transparency and the welfare of the institution over victims.

"It was all about the good of Mother Church," Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington said in arguments to the judge Thursday. "They cared about money, they cared about the business of the church, not the flock and not the parishioners."

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Former Kentucky player Michael Porter charged with sex abuse

USA Today
Porter, who is married and still living in Lexington, turned 25 last week. The citation says he met the minor when he was "a group leader at a church function." Porter's bail was set at $22,000 and he was scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Thankfully this brave victim came forward and reported these crimes. It takes great courage for victims of child sexual abuse to come forward and report a perpetrator, especially when that perpetrator is a respected member of the community and befriended the child at church. But it's important that every single person who sees, suspects or suffers child sex crimes speaks up. That's the best way to protect kids, expose wrongdoing, and start healing.

Read more here:

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Heritage of Covering Up Child Abuse


These survivors of abuse are to be commended for their courage and bravery for speaking out. Just as in all cases of abuse, a molester/abuser does not harm every single child he or she comes in contact with. So naturally there will be members of the Homestead community who will always have favorable memories of their life there who were not harmed. While abuse may not have happened for one, this does not mean that abuse could not have happened or be happening currently to others.

Alex Hannaford at The Texas Observer and Brett Shipp at WFAA are doing important work of shining the light of truth and exposing abuse, which will hopefully protect other kids, and help those abused heal. The same cannot be said of mega-church pastors like Jack Graham who have failed to report child sexual abuse by former Prestonwood ministers, John Langworthy being one of them, whom Brett Shipp helped expose.

Thanks to the story Brett Shipp did, airing my interview and the statements from victims, several more victims in MS came forward. Langworthy's criminal trial is set for July 30, 2012 for 8 counts/5 victims of felony gratification of lust, boys between the ages of 8-12.

This horrible story of secrecy and abuse at Homestead tragically mirrors the dangerous and disturbing pattern of other churches, large and small, that handle reports of abuse internally and don't obey the law of mandated reporting to law enforcement of any knowledge or suspicion of abuse of kids. This pattern endangers kids and enables predators.

If you have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes or abuse at Homestead Heritage or elsewhere, please come forward, *report these crimes to law enforcement, get help, start healing, and protect others. Keeping silent only hurts.

Reporting child abuse in TX:

*Call 911
*Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 1-800 252-5400

National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453) is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors, for kids, adult and professionals.

In addition to the above numbers, in the Waco area, you can call or go to the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children, serving the central Texas community:

Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children
2323 Columbus Avenue Waco, TX 76701
Crisis Hotline (254) 752-7233 or toll free (888) 867-7233
(254) 752-9330 office

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
(312) 455-1499
Toll-Free Phone: 1-877-SNAPHEALS (1-877-762-7432)

ESPN- New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey sits down with Jeremy Schaap to discuss the sexual abuse Dickey endured as a child.