Argentina - Victims appeal court decision to free predator priest
For immediate release Friday, August 16
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)
An Argentine Catholic cleric alleged to have abused more than 50 children faces an appeal of his recent acquittal.
SNAP applauds the seven victims for appealing the court’s decision to free Justo José Ilarraz earlier this month from multiple charges of sexual abuse.
We urge officials at the Minor Seminary of Paraná to encourage anyone formally and currently involved with the institution who may have experienced, witnessed, or suspected abuse by Ilarraz to report to it authorities in order to lock-up this predator and protect children.
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.