New Memorial Fund to Be Launched, Honoring Murdered Kids

Will Help Support Local Sex Abuse Victims Groups

WHAT:

At a news conference, plans for a new memorial fund for recently murdered children will be announced. Also, details of an upcoming candlelight vigil will be announced.

The vigil will honor the recently murdered Meza children, whose father was active in the Jehovah's Witnesses. 

WHEN:

Wednesday, September 8, 10:30 a.m.   

WHO:

Two men from Kentucky and North Carolina who lead support groups for clergy molestation victims, and two South Carolina Jehovah's Witness women who are also leaders in one of the groups.

WHERE:  

Rock Hill (SC) City Hall, Plaza Area.  

DETAILS:    

The recent deaths and abuse allegations surrounding the Meza children have been a source of great concern and sorrow in the Rock Hill community. In response, Silentlambs (a support group for people sexually abused by Jehovah’s Witnesses) , is setting up a memorial fund for donations in memory of the Meza Children. Proceeds will go to local child abuse support groups.

The group will be holding a candlelight vigil to help upset and frightened people to find comfort and support.  Members of child abuse organizations SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) and Linkup (clergy abuse support group) will attend to offer support and comments about protecting children.

Silentlambs has been part of nineteen documentaries in eight different countries highlighting abuse in the Jehovah’s Witness community.  It has been featured on NBC Dateline, CNN, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and in the New York Times. 

Silent Lambs is headed by William H, Bowen of Calvert City, KY, a former Jehovah's Witness elder. Also attending will be David Fortwengler of Charlotte , NC , who leads a chapter of SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests).

Contact: Silentlambs- William H. Bowen 270-703-2257