FL--Predator preacher passes away, Victims respond
By David Clohessy
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
April 5, 2016
A credibly accused Florida predator preacher has passed away. Now, we beg his former church members and colleagues to aggressively seek out anyone else who may have been hurt by him using church websites, pulpit announcements, social media and “word of mouth” so that the wounded may be consoled and learn that they aren’t alone.
We are glad that Rev. Jeffrey London can no longer hurt kids. We’re glad too that his victims can hopefully sleep better at night knowing that he can’t assault any more children. But we fear that there may be dozens of others who were assaulted by Rev. London who are still trapped in silence, shame and self-blame. Perhaps his death will free some of them and prod them to step forward and get comfort and guidance from therapists and groups like ours.
We hope that all of Rev. London’s victims – whether hurt long ago or more recently - find the strength and courage to step forward, get help, expose wrongdoing and start healing. And we hope they find consolation.
Now that he’s passed on, we hope his former church colleagues and supervisors will be more forthcoming about Rev. London’s crimes and about those who ignored, concealed and enabled them.
We urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in churches or institutions in the Miami to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling journalists, get justice by calling attorneys, and get comfort by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.