Target: La Grange, Illinois Acting Police Chief Renee Strasser
Goal: Investigate numerous sexual assault and molestation charges against Christian preacher.
Claims of molestation and sexual harassment leveled against Bill Gothard, a well-known minister, speaker and author in the Christian faith. As many as 34 women have come forward, saying he sexually harassed them, and four women have said he molested them–one saying she was only 16 at the time.
Gothard has been an active presence in the Christian community since the 1970’s, and he founded the Institute in Basic Life Principles. He continues to advocate for Christian home-schooling. His teachings have been associated with Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and the Duggar family–all no strangers to scandals.
An investigation conducted by a Christian publication found that Gothard acted inappropriately, but no criminal charges have been brought up against him. Although he denied any allegations, he resigned from his own institute to appease the accusers. Last year, he re-launched a website that included testimonials to his teachings made by several women.
A great number of women have laid claims against Gothard, and an investigation has already revealed wrongdoing. Demand that Gothard be brought to trial for these allegations and be shown that he is not going to be another person who can be higher than justice because of his faith.
Dear Renee Strasser and the La Grange Police Department,
Preacher and La Grange resident Bill Gothard has had many serious sexual harassment and molestation charges leveled against him. As many as 34 women have claimed that Gothard sexually harassed them, and four women have claimed he molested them, one being a teenager at the time of the alleged incident.
Gothard is a figure in the American Christian faith, but he is currently using his stance as a religious man to overcome these allegations. An investigation conducted found that he was guilty of acting in an inappropriate manner, but no formal charges have ever been leveled.
I urge you to look into these claims, as some of them are very serious and illegal. Gothard cannot ride on his stance as a religious figure to fly over these allegations. The allegations against him are severe, and he has already been found guilty–it’s time you bring formal charges against him.
[Your Name Here]
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