IN - Ft. Wayne priest accused of abuse; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
It takes a lot of courage to come forward and take action about being sexually abused as a child. So we commend the individual who reported his or her suffering caused by the predatory deeds of Fr. James Seculoff.
We urge Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades to visit every parish where Fr. Seculoff worked, and reach out to any other person who may have seen,, suspected or suffered crimes by this priest or cover ups by his supervisors.
The bishop should urge them to call the police, no matter how long ago the abuse or wrongdoing may have happened.. Rhoades should also post this important information about Fr. Seculoff in the diocese newspaper, church bulletins, and on the diocese web site.
Silence is not an option anymore, it only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.
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.