Change Virginia's Fiduciary Code & Criminal Statutes to include Clergymen

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John Gillian
7 years ago
A pastor who abuses the sacred trust of guiding and protecting sheep, instead turning into a predatory wolf, deserves the penalty of law against him.

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Vickie Herndon Sopin
7 years ago
One must remember that the victim had problems to begin with. Even if that victim had been undressed, a minister should be above that behavior. It is unacceptable. When a minister counsels a person, THEY must have full control because they are couseling people hurt emotionally. If a minister lacks control, they could be responsible for that person never healing from what the problem was that needed the counseling. Make them responsible for what they did by NOT giving them another chance. A convicted rapist gets no other chance. They are on a list published in the town where they live. A child predator, the same. The same should be true of the minister.

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David Goldstein
8 years ago
When clergy through their position of power provide services of other professions, they need to be held to the same level of responsibility. Clergy can't be building houses that aren't up to proper fire code and building standards because they are "clergy". Likewise they can't be excused from sexually abusing congregants because they are clergy.

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Todd Wilhelm
8 years ago
Sexual abuse in the church must stop.

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CSA Survivor
8 years ago
We have introduced a bill in Maine that will add clergy to the fiduciary statutes. There used to be a saying "As Maine goes, so goes the Nation". May our Lord help that saying become true for survivors in all our our states.

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Lynda duPreez
8 years ago
We list our jobs working hard to stop a clergy sexual predator, and have seen the damage it does, to the victim; and the damage done when church leaders covered for the predator. Horrible. END IT NOW!

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Kimberley (Herndon) Degenaars
8 years ago
I was a victim and had to go through a court trial in 2002. My former pastor was just relieved of his duties for a couple of years and now he's back in the full swing of things in another Methodist Church in Virginia. I was the one vilified.

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Samantha Nelson
8 years ago
Victims of clergy sexual abuse need to have the same rights and protections as others. Doctors, teachers, counselors are all held responsible by state laws if they abuse someone under their care. Clergy need to be held accountable too.

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Jane Gabrentina
8 years ago
I had a similar experience with this, but I'm not the one committed sin. It's my boyfriend a Leader and with one of our member, they slept and had sexual contact and it hurts so much! This is important to me because I know that God wants total change not only in our country but for the whole world. I don't want the pain will happen to others.

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Adam Baker
8 years ago
I would hope that pastors themselves would be flocking to push for such inclusion.