IRE - Victims applaud N.I. abuse inquiry
For immediate release Monday, January 13, 2014
A formal governmental inquiry into child sex crimes and maltreatments at Northern Ireland institutions – many run by Catholic organizations – begins today.
Our hearts break for these thousands of brave victims of child molesting clerics, many of whom suffered years of abuse at the hands of those entrusted with their care. Several hundred will offer testimony. We suspect that many more cannot or will not because they continue to struggle and suffer today.
But we are encouraged by this government inquiry. It’s only a first step. But it’s better than no step at all.
We hope, however, that more will be done to reduce the pain of those who have been so severely wounded as kids and betrayed as adults. And we hope that archaic, predatory-friendly secular laws will be reformed to deter employers and officials from concealing crimes against kids now and in the future.
Children will be safer only when all those officials who commit or conceal these horrific crimes are publicly exposed and held accountable.
We believe the inquiry must hold responsible all those involved in this scandal, from the highest ranking government official to the nuns involved in the day to day care. No one is above the law.
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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