Grand Jury Indicts Fr. Manual LaRosa Lopez, SNAP Responds
We are grateful to the Conroe County Grand Jury that has indicted accused abusive priest Fr. Manuel LaRosa Lopez.
This indictment sends the message that those who hurt children can and will be held accountable, even if prosecution is delayed by the mishandling of allegations by Church officials. We hope that this development encourages others in Texas who may have seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes to come forward and make a report to local police and district attorneys.
It is rare that survivors of sexual abuse will have their day in court, often due to archaic and abuser-friendly statute of limitations laws. We hope that, as the facts of this case come to light in a court of law, legislators in Texas will look into opening a “look-back window” so that others who may have suffered abuse at the hands of a priest, brother, nun, pastor, deacon, teacher or other institutional official will have the ability to have their own cases heard. This is the best way to get information into the hands of the public that will protect children today and lead to prevention in the future.
(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)
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