CT- Victims speak out in favor of law
For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Statement by Beth McCabe of SNAP (860 335 8187, email@example.com)
We as victims of childhood sexual trauma fought too long and hard to reform awful and outdated statutes of limitations to let one Catholic official roll back Connecticut law and help predators remain hidden. We desperately hope that our state's Supreme Court will side with kids who are at risk and adults who are suffering, and against a powerful public figure who wants to avoid the inconvenience and humiliation that come with clergy sex abuse trials, depositions, and discovery.
If Hartford Catholic officials have really reformed and are no longer hiding the crimes of Catholic clergy and the complicity of church supervisors, why would they fear letting the courthouse doors remain open to child sex abuse victims?
If this horrific scandal has taught us anything, it is that nothing exposes predators and protects children better than our justice system. It's not perfect, but it's far more effective and fair than letting self-serving Catholic officials keep dealing with heinous crimes “in house.” So let's not go backwards. Let's keep safeguarding the vulnerable by using our time-tested, impartial, and open court system to bring child sex crimes out of the darkness and into the light.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.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
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