AK - Alaska man is sentenced
Sex abuse victims seek help from Anchorage citizens
"Speak up if you saw, suspected or suffered his misdeeds," SNAP says
For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013
For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)
A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging Anchorage citizens to “speak up” if they “saw, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds” by a Buddhist monk who was sentenced last month in Chicago for raping and impregnating a 14-year-old girl.
Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are asking anyone with information about “crimes or misdeeds” by Camnong Boa-Ubol to call police and prosecutors.
Boa-Ubol was living in Anchorage May 2012 when he was arrested. In late September, he was pleaded guilty to "sexually assaulting a teenage girl for two years at a southwest suburban temple"and received a 15 years sentence.
“Predators rarely stop assaulting others, so we strongly suspect that Boa-Ubol has also hurt innocent kids or vulnerable adults in Alaska,” said David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP’s director. “So he can still face more charges, but only if people find the courage and strength to step forward.”
“It’s always tempting to stay silent if you’ve been hurt or betrayed,” said Joelle Casteix of Orange County CA, SNAP’s western regional director. “That silence is what predators count on. And that temptation must be overcome if future clergy sex crimes and misdeeds are to be prevented.”
SNAP, is the nation’s oldest and largest support group for victims of clergy sexual abuse with support groups in over 60 cities nationwide.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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