Catholic Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct to Appear in Court
An Ohio priest who has been accused of sexual assault of a minor is due in court today. Hopefully Fr. Henry Christopher Foxhoven, who admitted to getting a young girl pregnant, will be given a long jail sentence. This is the only way to deter this kind of abuse from happening again.
And maybe law enforcement should look at the possibility that this priest's co-workers or supervisors may have ignored or hidden signs of his abusive behavior.
Let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Foxhoven will come forward and contact law enforcement. Any little bit of information could help this case. Silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.
Contact: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Leader, 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com
(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
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.