IL- Rockford priest arrested
For immediate release Friday, May 23, 2014
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, Founder and President of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)
An Illinois priest has been charged with indecent exposure. We are worried that his crimes don’t stop there.
The cleric, who was assigned in Batavia, was seen exposing himself - allegedly twice - at a local gas station. Fr. Aaron R. Brodeski turned himself in today after victims gave his license plate number to responding officers.
We want Bishop Malloy to help police investigate this crime by immediately visiting every parish where Fr. Brodeski worked and begging anyone who saw, suspected or suffered any crimes to come forward, report to secular authorities and start healing.
He should also post Fr. Brodeski’s name, photo and work history on parish bulletins and websites, with the same plea for victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to call police. There are hundreds of parish bulletins, church websites and pulpits where verbal announcements could and should be made, imploring people with knowledge or suspicions to step forward.
Finally, every single person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes in the Rockford diocese, by this priest or others, should contact law enforcement immediately. That's the best way to protect innocent kids and vulnerable adults.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 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.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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