Argentina--Convicted abuser attacked in church; Victims respond
For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016
We are upset that a convicted child molester was beaten to death in an Argentine church. Violence is never the answer.
But we’re also upset that Marcelo Fabian Pecollo was working in the church to begin with. We believe it’s reckless and callous for church officials to employ or host convicted child molesters, especially when they’re apt to be up on the altar or in front of congregants – places of prominence that likely rub even more salt into the already deep and still fresh wounds of victims and their loved ones. Very rarely, it’s also reckless for the safety of the molester himself.
Criminals who have completed their sentences should not go hungry or jobless. But they should not be given positions of respect or power, especially in churches. Too often, predators use positions like this to gain legitimacy and build trust, especially with trusting parents. Then, they often assault innocent kids or vulnerable adults.
No matter what happens in this case, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in churches or institutions to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Pedophile killed in attack by parents inside cathedral
Agence France-Presse / 01:14 PM December 06, 2016
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A trumpeter has died after being badly beaten during a concert he was giving in a cathedral near Buenos Aires, attacked by parents from a preschool where he had molested children, a priest said Monday.
Marcelo Fabian Pecollo, a music teacher and trumpeter with the Moron city orchestra, was sentenced in 2010 to 30 years in prison for molesting five preschool children. He was freed in 2014 after a sentence reduction.
The attack took place on October 30 at the cathedral in Moron, a Buenos Aires suburb.
The group of parents barged into the cathedral yelling: . . .
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.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.