Australia- Sex abuse trial for Arctic priest
For immediate release Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, 314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com
Regardless of the verdict these brave victims are to be commended. They reached out with courage and through a great deal of personal pain to expose the truth of the sexual violence they endured as children. Because of them Dejaeger will not find it so easy to violate other children in the future. The world is on notice now regarding his history and the danger he poses. Many thanks to each of the victims who told of their experiences in the trial.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 18,000 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)
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.
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.