IL- Another Chicago priest is sued
For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 23 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
We commend the courageous victim of an abusive priest and Scout leader who is seeking justice. Kids being abused by more than one predator is more common than many would ever expect.
In St. Louis, for example, Fr. Norman Christian molested multiple kids, including Tim Fisher who was also being sexually abused by Scout leader Robert E. Oberle.
In Kansas City, Msgr. Thomas O'Brien and Fr. Thomas M. Reardon molested dozens of the same kids.
Child molesters are extraordinary skilled at singling out kids who already have been abused and won't speak or be believed if they report abuse.
We hope that this lawsuit and the recent forced disclosures will inspire others who are wounded to find the courage to break their silence and take real action. It's the continuing courage of victims that will make children safer.
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.