OH--Victims seek “outreach” in predator preacher case

By David Clohessy
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
August 20, 2015

We are glad an Ohio man is being charged with child sex crimes. And we call on anyone in the Wapakoneta Ohio area who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes to call law enforcement immediately.

We also applaud the brave victim who is helping prosecutors pursue this abusive pastor. And we call on current and former church members and staff to aggressively seek out others who may have been hurt by this preacher.

Donald Dwayne Ramsey is charged with felony second-degree sexual offense. He was arrested last month at his home in Wapakoneta, Ohio and was a youth pastor at Peace Baptist Church in North Carolina.

Too often, in clergy sex abuse and cover up cases, law enforcement focuses only on clerics who commit child sex crimes and ignore church staff who conceal child sex crimes. We urge police and prosecutors to investigate whether others at Peace Baptist may have ignored or hidden Ramsey’s crimes. If so, they should also be prosecuted.

And too often, in these cases, church officials do little or nothing to help police and prosecutors. We urge members, volunteers and employees at churches in Ohio and North Carolina where Ramsey spent time to work hard to find those who may have seen, suspected or suffered Ramsey’s crimes and beg them to call secular authorities.



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