Child sex abuse victim reacts to sweeping changes in Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
By Daniel Hamburg, March 6, 2017, WJAC
JOHNSTOWN – On Monday, Bishop Mark Bartchak of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown announced sweeping changes in the Catholic church to protect victims of child sex abuse.
Victims of abuse by clergy are reacting to news of those reforms, including one victim, originally from Johnstown, who said he was abused as a child.
Shaun Dougherty said that Monday's news conference was a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done in Harrisburg at the state capitol to pass an actual law.
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.