Target: Philip Ryken, President of Wheaten College
Goal: Demand that Wheaten College denounce alumni Dennis Hastert after he pleaded guilty to sexual assault.
Wheaten College refused to denounce former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, even after he confessed to sexually abusing minors. Hastert is an alumnus of the institution and was even a member of the advisory board. Demand that the college denounce Hastert and speak out against sexual abuse.
Hastert is one of the Wheaten College’s most famous alumni, even serving on its advisory board. Wheaten College stated that it “respects Mr. Hastert’s distinguished public service record” shortly after the fraud charges surfaced. The school even went so far as to name a building after him. Three board members testified in Hastert’s defense, citing his public service record and numerous contributions to Wheaten College.
Failing to acknowledge the seriousness of child molestation by a respected authority figure is damaging to all who look up to this institution. Sign below and demand that the college publicly condemn Hastert.
Dear President Ryken,
Students and alumni are outraged by your support for former Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert. Hastert confessed to molesting boys and is a dangerous criminal. We demand that you denounce him as a figurehead for your institution and take a stand against child abuse.
His resignation from the board is not enough. Quietly removing his name from the economics building sends the wrong message. By not publicly condemning such an important figurehead, you are telling your students that child abuse can be swept under the rug.
We demand that you denounce Dennis Hastert publicly and take a stand against child abuse.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: J.J Jiang