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19 May 2014
Pagan Coalition Stands Against Victimization
We the undersigned are adherents of Pagan and Neo-Pagan Religions, including Wicca, Neo-Pagan Witchcraft, Druidism, Asatru and other indigenous Earth Religions, who practice a variety of positive, life-affirming faiths that are dedicated to healing, both of ourselves and of the Earth. We do not advocate or condone any acts that victimize others, including those proscribed by law.
We absolutely condemn the practices of child abuse, sexual abuse, and any other form of abuse that does harm to the bodies, minds or spirits of individuals. We offer prayers, therapy, and support for the healing of the victims of such abuses.
In recent years the victimization of children has been brought to light in a manner not seen in the past. Efforts are underway in schools and other youth organizations to teach children and adults to be aware of and respond proactively to violence against others.
Examples of victimization have also come to light in religious circles and many victims' rights groups have emerged to advocate for and support those who were abused as children.
We stand strongly against the victimization of children, students, women and men. We call for persons who have witnessed such atrocities to speak up and actively seek to protect the powerless and prevent further abuse.
Signed: Our Freedom: A Pagan Civil Rights Coalition
Ellen Evert Hopman
Rev. Patrick McCollum
Rev. Kathryn Fuller
M. Macha NightMare (Aline O'Brien), Witch at Large
Holli S. Emore
Carol Barner-Barry (Raven of SpiralHeart)
Rev. David L. Oringderff, PhD
Dianne C. Duggan (Minerva Thalia)