CA - Victims settle with three CA dioceses
Cleric allegedly abused in Monterey, San Jose & San Francisco
Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP Western Regional Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, (949) 322-7434
Coming forward to expose abuse is never easy, especially when an predator is still working as a priest in one of the largest archdioceses in the United States. We applaud the three brave victims who came forward to report being abused by Fr. Donald Flickinger. Were it not for their action, Flickinger would still be living and working as a priest around children in San Francisco.
We are disappointed that church lawyers have fought to keep Flickinger's personnel documents secret in the hopes that more victims will not come forward. We fear that the documents may outline Flickinger's long career of abuse and cover-up by church officials. It is our hope that anyone who may have been hurt by Flickinger—or anyone else—comes forward and gets the healing they deserve. We also beg anyone who may have seen or suspected abuse, or has evidence of abuse by Flickinger in Monterey, San Jose or San Francisco reports to law enforcement. Children are only safe with predators are behind bars.
The victims were represented by attorney Tim Hale of Santa Barbara, email@example.com, (805) 963-2345 (cell)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, firstname.lastname@example.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.