DISGRACE!!! GOLDEN GHETTO JOHNSON COUNTY MEGACHURCH CONFRONTS FAITH COMMUNITY BACKLASH OVER COURTROOM EFFORT TO REVEAL IDENTITIES OF TEEN GIRLS ALLEGING SEXUAL ASSAULT!!!
Sex abuse victim's rights advocates SNAP successfully argued against the tactics of Kansas City's Catholic clergy in a long running sex scandal the rocked the local diocese to its core and resonated all the way to the Vatican. Now, this group has set it's sights on a Johnson County megachurch and their arguments against a recent civil lawsuit are equally pointed, critical and strident in the defense of alleged victims of sexual assault.
Check the case according to this group . . .
SNAP: "In a new court filing, a Kansas City church is trying to force two girls who were abused by a now-imprisoned child molester to publicly reveal their names. We are appalled."
Now, other websites have picked up the story and their reactions and reporting seem to signal serious doubts about this legal tactic . . .
Baptist News: Westside Family Church of Lenexa, Kan., filed a petition in district court June 15 requesting that the teenaged sisters and their parents who sued the church June 9 not be allowed to proceed with the case with their identifies protected by pseudonyms.
Christian Today: Westside Family Church of Lenexa has accused the girls' family of a "Pearl Harbor-styled barrage of negative publicity,"
Stop Baptist Predators Blog: "So desperate is this Southern Baptist church to pull out all the stops in trying to defend against the family’s civil suit that it is doing what virtually no other religious institution has previously done. It is seeking to publicize the names of children who were sexually violated."
Important fact . . .
"Experts say identifying and publicizing the names of child victims can exacerbate trauma, complicate recovery, discourage future disclosures and inhibit cooperation with authorities for the children involved."
And so, this Sunday morning we consider SHOCKING allegations of abuse and OUTRAGE over a legal defense tactic that threatens common practice in abuse cases.
You decide if this tactic is befitting of a faith community or an appropriate strategy in a contentious legal battle . . .