Kokomo Perspective 04 26 2017 E Edition Page A1

765-452-0055 kokomoperspective.com e-edition For Local Weather Call 457-9211 Sponsored by: City of Kokomo, Coca-Cola, White's Meat Market Over 4.60 Million Callers Stay in touch with the latest in our community at kokomoperspective.com April 26, 2017 by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Perspective Photos / Slater Young IT'S A FIESTA - (Above) Sara Smith and Andrew Springer throw up some shots during Northwestern's second annual Fiesta Friday. (Bottom left) Izza West knocks down some pins while bowling. West recorded two strikes while playing. (Bottom right) Matthew Decker and Charlie Devaul share the ball while playing some basketball. Fiesta Friday had more than 100 participants in total. The event provided an opportunity for students with special needs to feel welcomed and honored in an environment where they normally might not feel appreciated. e-edition com Menges bucks attrition ordinance Superior Court One judge refuses to partake in attrition program Most of Howard Countys de- partment heads embrace saving tax dollars through attrition, but there seems to be little interest in the program for Superior Court 1. Recently, multiple employ- ees leftSuperior Court 1 to seek other employment. In accor- dance with the county's attrition policy, designed to trim excess employees from the payroll with the goal of saving between $1 million and $1.5 million in funding over time, those posi- tions normally would have been evaluated by the countys PAC committee to see if any savings could be garnered by not filling the positions. However, those discussions never occurred. According to Howard County Commissioner Paul Wyman, Su- perior Court 1 Judge Bill Menges declined to come to the table to evaluate if such a move were possible. I think it's fair to say the judge decided to not use the at- trition program, said Wyman. I would defer you to the judge to have him comment as to his reasons why. The trouble with this comes as a result of employee buy in. As has been stated by Wyman in the past, the goal of procuring attri- tion savings would only happen if there is buy in across the board from county department heads. That buy in has happened within other courts very re- cently. For example, Superior Court 3 and Circuit Court both incurred vacancies in positions in recent weeks. Both of those positions ultimately were filled, but not until after they were ex- amined by the PAC committee. However, cuts recently were made in Superior Court 2. Last year, after much debate, the Howard County Council ap- proved a restructuring for the Menges Menges A3 Temple Baptist responds to molestation accusations Church reacts via social media to last week's article; sources maintain stories (Editors note: despite the claims of Temple Baptist Church, details in last weeks article of the Kokomo Perspective were vetted and cor- roborated thoroughly with multiple sources. We stand by our reporting. Read more about this story in next weeks paper.) After declining to speak at length with the Kokomo Perspec- tive prior to last week's publi- cation, Temple Baptist Church spoke out via social media last week in response to the story published concerning allegations made by former member Dawn Price. In a statement on the churchs Facebook page, the church ad- dressed the allegations leveled at it by various sources, including Dawn Price and her ex-fianc, Andy Thornton. The church confirmed that an altercation occurred in 1991 just prior to Thornton and Prices wedding. However, the church argued that no confession was made by Dawn's father, Don Croddy, in regards to the accusation of his sexual abuse of her in front of Temple Baptist Church Pastor Mike Holloway. I first became aware of a po- tential family problem in 1990 when Dawn and her father were interviewed by Child Protective Services (CPS), though I was not informed of the topics being discussed at that time, read the statement said to be authored by Temple Baptist Church Pastor Mike Holloway. The authorities chose not to pursue any legal ac- tions as a result of that investiga- tion. My first knowledge of Dawns molestation accusation came in 1991, when Don, Dawn, and her then-fianc, Andy Thornton, came to me five days before Dawn and Andy were to be married. In this meeting, I was informed of the alleged event that had occurred 14 years earlier. While no confession was made by Don, I immediately sought READERS SPEAK OUT: Readers chime in on the controversial Temple Baptist story, Page A6 Temple A6 Why they waited to come forward Dawn Price's therapist explains why victims of sexual abuse wait years to tell their stories One question that cropped up multiple times last week af- ter the Kokomo Perspective story titled Multiple victims allege child molestation was, Why did Dawn Price wait to tell her story? Price's therapist, Nicole Brummet, spoke with the Per- spective last week to answer that question. Price leftKokomo in 1991 af- ter her wedding was called off at Temple Baptist Church. Itd been even longer since the al- leged sexual abuse inflicted by her father had stopped as well. However, according to Brum- mett, the healing process from abuse such as hers is never fast. Its a long road. According to Brummett, a licensed health counselor who specializes in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disor- der, trauma, and other issues associated relating to familial issues, it's very common for in- dividuals who incurred abuse like Price's to wait. However, no two situations are alike. Its actually extremely com- mon for people to not say any- thing right when something happens, said Brummett. A lot of the adults that I treat ex- perienced some sort of child- hood trauma, sexual trauma, or physical abuse of some sort. Theres a lot of reasons why. It's a complicated situation, so I would say a lot of it starts with the fear of the negative consequences if this stuff is disclosed. Theres feelings of blame, guilt, shame, and just a general sense of fear. Whats going to happen if people know what happened to me?' In Price's case, even though Child Protective Services inter- viewed her at a young age, she said fear of her father caused her to hide her abuse from CPS investigators. However, according to Brummett, opening up about abuse is only the first step. Oftentimes disclosure serves as the starting point of a long journey of recovery. Disclosure is not just a single event. Its an actual process, said Brummett. So, when this stuff comes out by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Forward A6 FIESTA FRIDAY

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