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Every state AG should issue report on priest abuse

By tovarichpeter following x   2018 Sep 6, 10:54am 158 views   3 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    


http://www.snapnetwork.org/survivors_and_supporters_urged_to_demand_investigations_in_every_state?utm_campaign=snap_s_response_to_pennsylvani&utm_medium=email&utm_source=snap

Survivors and Supporters Demand Investigations in Every State
August 21, 2018
For immediate release: August 22, 2018

For more information: Tim Lennon, SNAP President, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org , 415-312-5820

Victims & advocates urge more investigations into church

Groups wants every state attorney general to "act now"

"Exposing cover ups will prevent more cover ups," SNAP says

Even if no charges are brought, groups say kids will be safer

We find in Pennsylvania that the church hierarchy will only report child sex abuse by when forced to clergy when forced to by outside agencies like a grand jury. We are outraged at the new information of historic and systematic sexual abuse of children

Therefore, we are urging survivors and supporters to demand every state’s attorney general follow Pennsylvania's lead and launch formal investigations into how US bishops deal with victims and predator priests.

"These probes protect kids by exposing those who commit and conceal abuse. They help victims heal and make institutions safer. And they deter similar reckless and callous behavior in the future," said Tim Lennon, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

At least ten US jurisdictions, mostly county prosecutors from New York to Ohio, have used grand juries to investigate charges against child molesting clerics and their supervisors. Most have issued scathing reports that are highly critical of the church hierarchy.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AtAGlance/reports.htm

At least two states, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, empaneled similar, statewide investigations. New Hampshire law enforcement officials won a five-year commitment from the Diocese of Manchester to allow AG oversight as to how the diocese dealt with abuse.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/resources/resource-files/reports/NewHampshireAgreement.pdf

Governmental bodies in Australia and Ireland have completed probes as well ending with detailed reports being made public.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/dec/15/child-sexual-abuse-royal-commission-recommendations-and-statistics-at-a-glance

http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/PB09000504

SNAP says the findings, in nearly every case, are "almost identical," and conclude that church officials time and time again put protecting clergy ahead of protecting kids.

"Catholic officials themselves estimate that 100,000 US children have been violated by priests," said Lennon. "But only a handful of complicit church hierarchy have ever been prosecuted. That's a tragedy and that's why these devastating crimes keep happening." (Lynn in Philly, Finn in MO, and Wilson in Australia)

"Archaic statutes of limitations and other predator-friendly laws enable church officials to ignore and hide credible abuse reports and to evade prosecution," said Melanie Sakoda, also of SNAP. "Until these laws are reformed, grand jury reports are a terrific tool for cutting through the dangerous secrecy that still shrouds child sex crimes in the church."

"Kids are safest when predators and enablers are jailed. But when that can't happen, kids are safer when predators and enablers are publicly exposed," said Lennon. "Nothing does this better than an impartial investigation by professionals in law enforcement."

SNAP is notifying the 25,000 survivors and supporters of its network and asking them to contact their attorney general and demand a grand jury in their state.

"It's time that everyone who cares about kids turn their attention to prodding secular authorities instead of church figures," Lennon stressed. "And who better to safeguard kids than each state's top law enforcement official?"

In addition to this initiative with state attorneys general, SNAP and Center for Constitutional Rights (CCRJustice.org) wrote an open letter to the Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein at the Department of Justice calling for a nationwide investigation into historic and systematic abuse of children. This letter says the “Department of Justice must step up and conduct a thorough, full-scale investigation into this system-wide network of sexual violence and cover-up.”

https://ccrjustice.org/sites/default/files/attach/2018/08/SNAP%20CCR%20Letter%20to%20DOJ%208.15.18%20web.pdf

SNAP will also ask the survivors and supporters in their database to write letters to the DOJ.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world's oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - Tim Lennon (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org ); Melanie Sakoda, (925) 708-6175 melanie.sakoda@gmail.com , Becky Ianni (703-801-6044, snapvirginia@cox.net )



1   tovarichpeter   ignore (2)   2018 Sep 6, 11:36am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/06/nyregion/catholic-sex-abuse.html?action=click&module=In%20Other%20News&pgtype=Homepage&action=click&module=Latest&pgtype=Homepage

N.Y. Attorney General Is Investigating Potential Cover-Up of Sex Abuse in Catholic Dioceses
Sept. 6, 2018
BREAKING


The New York State attorney general, Barbara Underwood, has launched an investigation into whether Roman Catholic institutions covered up allegations of sexual abuse of minors.Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times
The New York State attorney general’s office has started a civil investigation into whether dioceses and other Roman Catholic institutions covered-up allegations of sexual abuse of minors within New York.

All eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state have been subpoenaed, a person familiar with the investigation said on Thursday.

The announcement by the attorney general, Barbara Underwood, comes several weeks after an explosive Pennsylvania grand jury report detailed the abuse of more than 1,000 children by hundreds of priests over decades.

Ms. Underwood’s office also said its criminal division was seeking to partner with local district attorneys to investigate these matters and, if warranted, prosecute any individuals who have committed criminal offenses that fall within the applicable statutes of limitations.

“The Pennsylvania grand jury report shined a light on incredibly disturbing and depraved acts by Catholic clergy, assisted by a culture of secrecy and cover ups in the dioceses. Victims in New York deserve to be heard as well — and we are going to do everything in our power to bring them the justice they deserve,” Ms. Underwood said in a statement.



2   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2018 Sep 6, 11:58am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Make clerics mandatory reporters.

Problem solved.
3   jazz_music   ignore (6)   2018 Sep 6, 12:57pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Perhaps a decent idea, but to specify "Catholic clergy" would be a concession to extreme ignorance.

Abusers, molesters, seek positions of authority and power over children, as well as detainees and prisoners e.g., to perpetrate their crimes.

To stop at "Catholic" is beyond foolish. That particular church got caught doing what all organizations do: they protect themselves from attack. Statistics on abuse and molestation do not support that these occurrences are greater in the Catholic church.

Again, real statistics on abuse and molestation do not support that these occurrences are greater in the Catholic church.




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