CA - Dozens More So. California Accused Abusive Priests To Be Publicly Disclosed
In Unusual Move, Victims Name Alleged Molesters on Web Site
SNAP to California Bishops, "Protect Kids, Not Abusers"
Holding posters naming accused child molesters, clergy sexual abuse victims will publicly disclose the names of several dozens Los Angeles and Orange County priests who have been or will soon be accused of sexual crimes in civil lawsuits. Most, if not all of the names have not been publicly exposed until today.
Victims of some of these priests will speak out and also urge church leaders to:
-- "Come clean" now and release the names of all known and suspected abusive priests immediately, before the December 31st statute of limitations deadline for victims of abuse to file lawsuits.
-- Include those from other dioceses who are accused and worked here temporarily.
Tuesday, Dec. 23nd,1:30 p.m.
Outside Our Lady Queen of the Angels Cathedral,
555 W. Temple, (Corner of Temple/Hill) Los Angeles
Several adults who were molested by clergy, and are members of a local support group, SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)
This list of known or suspected abusive clergy is being compiled and released publicly for the first time, and will also be posted on SNAP's national website: SNAPnetwork.org and its local Los Angeles website: SNAP-socal.com.
The group’s goal is to warn parents and prospective employers about these men and their past criminal behavior, so that kids can be safe. The St. Louis chapter of SNAP recently took a similar step, posting the names of nearly 30 clergy who had molested kids (SEE SNAPmidwest.org)
The group will also quote from the Dallas Charter, enacted by all American Catholic bishops in June 2002, which promises "openness and transparency" regarding abuse.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Mary Grant, SNAP’s Western Regional Director (626) 419-2930 cell
Steven Sanchez, SNAP’s Los Angeles Director (818) 262-6540 cell
David Clohessy, SNAP’s Executive Director (314) 566-9790 cell
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.