IL--Abuse settlements will "keep trickling in
Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP (314 566 9790, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Another abuse and cover-up lawsuit against Chicago Catholic official has been settled.
Because the archdiocese refuses to do real outreach to victims, parishioners may be seeing lawsuits involving Fr. Daniel McCormick for years and years to come. Since the church hierarchy won’t act responsibility - and instead chooses to sit back passively - we beg church goers at each parish where predator priests work to aggressively seek out anyone who might have been molested and urge them to call police if they were hurt.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 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)
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.
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.