Malta- Accused priest granted bail, Victims respond
For immediate release: Thursday, September 4, 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)
A Gozitan priest, who was accused of child sexual abuse in August, has been granted bail. We hope he is closely monitored so more innocent children are not put in danger.
Fr Jesmond Gauci was a school teacher and involved with the scouts and last month he was banned from contact with minors until his child sexual abuse case concludes.
We urge Catholic and secular officials to do their due diligence and warn families that Gauci is free on bail. Being banned from contact with minors does not necessarily shield children. It takes only a moment for a predator to shove his hand down a boy’s pants or his tongue down a girl’s mouth. We beg families and officials to be vigilant.
Anyone who saw, suspects, or suffered abuse should immediately report to police and start healing.
(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 20,000 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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