Misuse survivors require boycott of Episcopal Diocese of Virginia

Misuse survivors require boycott of Episcopal Diocese of Virginia

Initiative accompanies political election of bishop diocesan

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Episcopal Survivors Network (ESN), a team of sufferers of misuse in the Episcopal Church, is requiring a boycott of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia over the diocese’s recurring rejection to deal with clergy misuse in the church. The statement comes as agents of the diocese fulfill in Alexandria to choose a brand-new bishop diocesan.

“We have actually alerted all 4 prospects for diocesan of our issues in creating, along with the standing board, the exec board, and also clergymans throughout the diocese,” stated ESN agent Eric Bonetti. “Just one prospect also recognized our issues, and also we were continuously rejected by participants of the standing board. Others provided us political, anodyne responses. One also informed us we are ‘definitely wrong’ for whining.”

“Provided this utter absence of honesty, we are contacting all individuals that have actually experienced misuse to boycott the diocese and also to hold back all kinds of assistance,” Bonetti revealed. “That consists of promises, legacies, loosened plate contributions, volunteer labor, and also anything else that could permit the diocese to proceed company as typical.

“Our needs are reasonable, affordable, and also regular with the church’s faith:

  • Taking misuse seriously.
  • Finishing victim-shaming, demonization, marginalization, and also disparagement.
  • Restricting clergy from taking part in revenge for the declaring of Title IV grievances.
  • Finishing coverup of outright situations of unwanted sexual advances of women church employees by clergy.
  • Finishing the diocese’s present method of calling for sufferers of misuse to visit court to get remedy.
  • Finishing the diocese’s present method of disregarding Title IV grievances on the basis that criminal costs have actually not been brought.
  • Finishing the diocese’s present method of disregarding sufferers of misuse on the basis that diocesans have actually been informed by the diocesan chancellor ‘not to obtain as well included.’
  • Finishing the diocese’s plan of leveling corrective costs versus clergy along with residential or commercial property conflicts, while specifying that the diocese cannot go after corrective costs versus clergy if the misuse sufferer submits a suit.
  • Taking official activity to interfere in high-conflict churches and also scenarios via use outdoors professionals.
  • Pulling back in creating untruthful declarations made by diocesan authorities regarding existing disputes.
  • Explaining that whistleblowers are recognized and also appreciated, and also acting in the church’s benefit.
  • Embracing created whistleblower and also anti-bullying arrangements.
  • Including harassing to existing secure church training.
  • Eliminating church authorities, chancellors, consumption police officers, and also others that have actually covered misuse or helped and also urged it by disregarding.
  • Enforcing self-control on violent clergy, as much as and also consisting of defrocking them.
  • Taking part in truth-telling regarding the church’s function in misuse of all types.

“We will certainly not disregard to the church’s recurring function in misuse,” Bonetti included. “It is impossible that a for-profit firm would certainly inform individuals that prohibited conduct by its staff members serves on the basis that they have actually not dealt with criminal costs. Yet that is specifically what the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia has actually done, in creating, on numerous events. As well as it is dreadful that the diocese absolutely disregards ladies that have actually dealt with outright unwanted sexual advances by clergy.

“Neither will certainly we approve objections by church participants that inform us our experiences are ‘a lot of garbage,’ that make profane motions, that comb us off, or otherwise act severely. Either the diocese tidies up its act, or we will certainly close it down. As well as offered the church’s quickly decreasing subscription, if absolutely nothing else we will certainly outlive the diocese,” Bonetti wrapped up.

The team has actually introduced a site, boycottdiova.org, and also will certainly be picketing churches, leafletting, and also structure unions with ladies’s teams, the LGBTQIA neighborhood, participants of BIPOC neighborhoods, and also others that have actually been abused, harassed, marginalized or suppressed by the diocese, its clergy and also its authorities.


Get In Touch With:
Eric Bonetti
Episcopal Survivors Network
(240) 630-3767
[email protected]

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