MA- Students file FOIA request re Boston clergy sex settlement
For immediate release: Thursday, April 10
Virginia law school students are filing a Freedom of Information Act request to find out details of clergy sex abuse and cover up settlement in the Boston Archdiocese. We applaud this move.
All too often, secret deals enable those who commit and conceal heinous child sex crimes to evade justice and maintain power. All too often, because their identities and crimes go unreported, those who commit and conceal heinous child sex crimes go on to commit and conceal even more of them.
And even now, despite decades of horrific and continuing abuse and cover up cases in the church, too often secular officials acquese to the percieved power of Catholic officials and permit continued secrecy where it is both unwarranted and unwise.
Openness, not secrecy, protects kids and exposes criminals. We wish these students success with their project.
(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 15,000 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.
Note to Letter Writers
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