FL- Pastor knew about child sexual abuse and did nothing
For immediate release: Friday, July 18, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
A Florida pastor has been charged in relation to child sexual abuse. We are extremely disappointed in the two adults in this case who knew about a child sexual assault and did not alert law enforcement.
Caesar Chin was told about the horrific sexual abuse of a child by a witness and even counseled the victim for a year. At no point during this time did he or the witness follow the law or common sense and report what they knew to law enforcement. Instead they did nothing and let an innocent child suffer needlessly. Shame on them.
We applaud law enforcement for investigating not just the man responsible for the abuse, but the 2 other adults that did nothing to stop it. Those who do nothing about known child sex crimes play just as much of a roll in hurting innocent children. We also beg anyone who saw, suspects or suffered cover ups by Normail Perez to call police right away and help protect other potential victims.
(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.
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