France- Priest indicted for rape and torture, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
A French priest was indicted for raping and torturing multiple women at a private religious school. We are saddened by this revelation, but glad victims are speaking up and action is being taken.
The priest, who is part of the fundamentalist society of St. Pius X, had been tried in a religious hearing and sentenced to two year in a monastery for his sexual attacks several years ago. We are disappointed that it has taken several years for this dangerous predator to be indicted.
(NOTE: A former member of the St. Pius X Society, Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity, is now second-in-command of a diocese in Paraguay, despite several credible allegations of child sex crimes against kids in Scranton Pennsylvania. http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140314/NEWS/403140330/-1/NEWS01)
We hope that anyone who saw, suspects or suffered abuse will call police and that Catholic officials will be proactive and aggressively seek out victims and witnesses.
(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 15,000 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)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, firstname.lastname@example.org), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, email@example.com)
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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