Brave survivors hold Bishop Finn accountable!
Yesterday, SNAP stood with over a dozen clergy abuse survivors in Kansas City, who had been part of a large settlement with the diocese in 2008. What makes this event so unusual is that these peope had included 19 non-economic conditions as part of their settlement. In just three short years, officials have violated at least six of those promises over twenty times.
These brave survivors have chosen to hold Bishop Finn accountable and have filed a lawsuit to force diocesan officials to attend arbitration and to have an independent party monitor their compliance.
These courageous survivors could have taken the easy and maybe the more healthy course of saying we have exposed our predators and warned the community. They were wise enough to get the promises in writing in a binding contract and are once again part of a legal action to protect kids.Reporters ask the survivors why they were upset. They responded that once agin they felt betrayed, that they had hoped their actions would protect others. Our hats are off to this amazing group.
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.