Jury rejects brothers' clergy-abuse allegations: SNAP Responds
Every time a victim of abuse and cover-up uses the tried-and-true justice system to expose their perpetrator and seek accountability, children are protected right now. We are so proud of these two men, who fought the odds and had their day in court. They are heroes to the tens of thousands of victims around the world who will never be able to stand up and speak.
Although the jury did not find in the victims' favor, a well-known perpetrator was questioned in open court. He admitted many of his crimes. The Franciscan cover-up of those crimes was also exposed, including the fact that for at least 5 years, Gus Krumm was supposed to be on restricted ministry, but instead was given full access to kids. We hope that his other victims will find the strength to seek help.
If you have been abused, or have seen or suspected abuse, please call law enforcement. There is help available. No child ever deserves to be abuse, and no adult deserves to suffer in silence and shame.
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.