MA- Group applauds man for suing predator priest
For immediate release: July 11, 2013
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
A victim of sexual assault has filed a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield as well as against Bishop McDonnell and a former pastor for allowing abuse by Fr. Paul Archambault to occur for years.
It takes courage for victims to stand up to their abusers and we commend this brave man for coming forward, seeking justice and protecting others.
We hope that other potential victims and witnesses will be inspired by this man’s courage and come forward as well. When victims find the courage to take action, there's at least a chance for prevention, healing and justice.
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.