Delaware Opens Hotline for Survivors of Clergy Sex Abuse
According to the announcement, Attorney General Matt Denn had already issued a subpoena to the Diocese of Wilmington in September. To aid their investigation, the attorney general’s office is asking for anyone who has experienced or suspected abuse to contact his office and share their experience. Anyone with information on abuse in Delaware can assist the investigation using the below information:
- Hotline: (302) 577-5293
- Email: ReportAbuse@state.de.us
With today’s announcement, Delaware joins the list of 17 other states that have opened statewide investigations. We applaud this move by A.G. Denn and are glad to see that he has begun a true investigation, one backed by subpoena power and fully independent from the church. Independent investigations by law enforcement officials are the best way to get to the facts of who knew what, when they knew it, and what was done with the information.
We encourage anyone who may have been hurt by priests, nuns, deacons, or other church staff in Delaware to contact the attorney general using the information provided by his office and aid his investigation.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. 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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