Is it my place to be the one telling people about what this guy did?
October 9, 2013 7:04 AM Subscribe
I came across a news article that revealed that someone I used to be acquainted with was convicted for production and distribution of child pornography. He toured the churches of his denomination with a music group for many years. As a former member of that faith, with friends and family members still active, and someone who was not directly effected by what he did, is it my place to be the one let people people know about this? If so, what is an appropriate way to do that?
posted by anonymous to human relations (18 answers total)
I came across the article a few days ago and it said that this friend of a friend's close relative had been convicted of producing and distributing child pornography several months ago. He no longer lives in the area, but up until his arrest, he was part of a Christian music group that toured his denomination's churches in this section of the country for almost 20 years. He had also been working at the denomination's headquarters for a few years at the time of his arrest. I showed it to a few people that knew him. They were shocked, but hadn't heard about it.
This feels to me like it is something that is important for people to know about. I have told a few friends and my mother and brother, both in the church. I had considered just posting a link to the article on Facebook, but I think that might be inappropriate and I am concerned about repercussions from people who interpret it to be an attempt to attack or embarrass the church. I do hold some resentment toward the church in general, and rumors of the church covering up instances sexual impropriety have always angered me, so that would not be completely without merit. Should I just leave it with the few I have told, and be done? Should I stop being a coward about any potential flak and post it on Facebook? Thoughts?