GA--SNAP: Church staff should “protect kids by publicizing new legal option”
Victims to leaflet mass attendees
They want predator priests’ names
About 20 US bishops have posted them
But no Georgia Catholic official has done so yet
Group also says new law enables victims to file abuse cases
SNAP: Church staff should “protect kids by publicizing new legal option”
They will also prod “anyone who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes or cover ups” in any institution to “speak up, expose wrongdoers and protect kids” by calling secular authorities “like police, prosecutors” or “independent sources of help like therapists and support groups,” not church officials.
Sunday, January 24 at noon
In Savannah, outside the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 222 East Harris Street (between Lincoln & Abercorn)
Two adults who were sexually abused as children and are members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), including a Missouri woman who is the organization’s long time outreach director
1….Last week, the Seattle Catholic archdiocese released a list of 77 child molesting clerics who worked there. http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2016/01/list_of_77_child-sex_abusers_r.html
More than 30 US bishops have done this. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AtAGlance/lists.htm
“It’s the quickest, easiest way to warn parents, police, prosecutors, parishioners and the public about predator priests,” says SNAP director David Clohessy. “And it’s the very least Savannah Bishop Gregory Hartmayer (912 201 4100 or 4051 or 4112) and other church officials should do to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded and expose the truth.”
2….Last year, Georgia lawmakers opened an unusual “window” giving potentially hundreds of child sex abuse victims the chance to expose their predators in court. SNAP wants Hartmayer to publicize this law – in church bulletins and pulpit announcements - so more molesters can be caught and kept away from kids.
Only a handful of states (California, Delaware, Hawaii and Minnesota) have adopted a measure like this, which gives almost anyone who was abused as a child by anyone the chance to file a civil suit no matter when the alleged crimes took place. Victims’ advocates applaud the law, saying it protects kids by making public the names of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesters, most of who still walk free and work or live among unsuspecting families, neighbors and co-workers.
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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