INTL- Irish priest guilty of child sexual abuse in Chile, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org)
An Irish born priest, who had been working in Chile, has been found guilty of sexually abusing a child. We are grateful for the bravery of the victims for coming forward. We hope the perpetrator is put behind bars for a long time.
Fr. John O’Reilly is a member of the notorious Legion of Christ and has been convicted of abusing a girl while he was a chaplain at Cumbres School in Santiago. There are at least two allegations against O’Reilly.
We urge church officials to immediately alert parishioners and the community about O’Reilly’s conviction and beg anyone else who suffered, witnessed or suspects abuse to call law enforcement immediately.
(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 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.
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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