Judy Block-Jones 
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Re: “The Past's Price

Something to keep in mind-
Child predators are very cunning and manipulative. They know every trick on how
to groom, threaten, lie, and put the fear of god into their victims and
sometimes even their family members.

They also appear to do a lot of goods things, they can be very charismatic and
you may think they would never harm a child. They have to be this way, in order
to not get caught and to continue to abuse

Sexual predators are often powerful and well-loved. It would be comforting if
those who preyed on the vulnerable were obvious social misfits whose appearance
would somehow set off alarm bells and give us the willies or the creeps. They
rarely do. Usually, predators are among the last people we would suspect of
sexually violating others. While they are grooming the child and even family members, they
devote lots of time and energy building trust with them by giving them money and gifts.
They tend to make the child feel that they are special and loved.

Also, we must stop thinking that because a man is old, that somehow he's
automatically safe. It's just irresponsible to endanger kids by assuming an
adult is harmless simply because he or she may be losing hair, wearing glasses,
using hearing aids or walking with a cane. These can be signs of advancing age,
but they are not signs that an individual is safe around kids.

It takes a lot of courage to come forward and take action about being sexually abused. This is not an easy thing to do, but it is extremely rare that a child predator has only one victim. Some have many. So let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Eric Holtan, will get help and find the courage and strength to speak up and contact law enforcement, no matter how long ago it happened. Do not report your abuse to the church officials, they are not the proper officials to be investigating child sex crimes.
Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for
healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com,
"SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) We also have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, teachers, ministers, plus victims who were assaulted in institutional settings like orphanages, summer camps, day care centers, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc.

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Posted by Judy Block-Jones on 11/14/2013 at 12:39 PM

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