Austria - Victims applaud conviction of Austrian predator priest
For immediate release Wednesday, July 3
Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, SNAPdorris@gmail.com 314-862-7688
An Austrian court has charged Alfons August Mandorfer, a Catholic priest from Kremsmuenster, Austria, with sexually and physically abusing dozens of boys and has sentenced him to 15 years in prison.
We commend the brave victims who testified against Mandorfer leading to his conviction and disabling him from bringing harm to others.
We also hope it will encourage others who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes to come forward, expose predators, protect kids and start healing. It’s always tempting to keep quiet about child sex crimes – whether known or suspected. However, it’s also always irresponsible. Kids are only safe when adults are brave and caring enough to speak up.
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.