Clergy sex abuse victims claim church is breaking promises for care, treatment
It was one of the promises from the landmark settlement of church sex abuse cases from the Archdiocese of Boston: the church would pay for counseling to try to fix the lives their abusive priests had damaged.
But now, victims and their advocates tell 5 Investigates the Archdiocese has in some cases begun backsliding on that promise, putting up more resistance than ever before to paying for treatments.
What other kind of rape victim or victim of sexual assault has to go to their perpetrator to try and get services?" said attorney Tyler Fox. "That's getting re-victimized again."
Fox represents a man known in church documents as John Doe 24.
Together they say the church is acting like an insurance company when it comes to John Doe 24's therapy, even though the settlement agreement with the church promised . . .
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.
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