KY- Victims beg judge: Keep predator priest locked up
For immediate release: Thursday, June 12, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
We beg a Louisville judge to keep a convicted predator priest behind bars and away from kids while he appeals.
Dozens of times, we've seen savvy pedophiles fake or exaggerate illnesses to get special treatment. And hundreds of times, we've seen elderly, greying, slow-moving, stoop-shouldered but cunning clerics win parents' trust and hurt kids even though they look and seem utterly harmless. It's reckless to assume that older or ill child molesters can't or won't hurt kids. These are compulsive, driven men who can rarely control themselves, even if they are sick.
We hope this judge will put the safety of innocent kids before the convenience of a convicted criminal.
(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 18,000 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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