HI- Man suing Hawaii priest speaks publicly, SNAP responds
The man who accuses a Hawaii priest is speaking publicly about his case. (“Colorado man suing Bismarck Diocese comes forward,” January 06, 2013) http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/event/article/id/64528/
The accused is Fr. Maurice McNeely. The accuser is Steven Crochet. We applaud Steven for his courage. And we hope it will inspire others who may have seen, suspected or suffered wrongdoing by McNeely to similarly step forward.
Child predators count on victims to stay silent. And staying silent only helps predators and endangers kids. So every time a person making abuse accusations takes legal action and discloses his or her identity, it’s a step forward towards openness and safety.
Let’s hope that anyone who may have any information that might help prove or disprove these allegations will show courage like Steven has and step forward.
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.