FL - New lawsuit filed in Orlando, SNAP responds
We are grateful to this brave survivor for coming forward and revealing his abuse. It is a very difficult thing to make allegations of this sort public, but it is an important part of finding others who may have been in similar circumstances. We hope anyone who may have seen, suspected, or suffered crimes at the hands of Fr. William Authenreith to immediately come forward and make a report to police.
It is extremely disturbing to find out that the Diocese of Orlando had knowledge of previous allegations against Fr. Authenreith. If they had allowed the police to investigate instead of doing their own internal investigation, it may have prevented other kids from being victimized. Bishop John Noonan should immediately use all of his available resources – including the diocesan website, parish bulletins, and pulpit announcements – to seek out other victims who may have been scared to speak up beforehand.
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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.