Massachusetts State AG

Dear Attorney General Healey, 

After reading reports of the Pennsylvania grand jury, I can no longer trust that my children are safe in the State of Massachusetts. I am both outraged and disturbed by what they found.  

As a resident of the state of Massachusetts, I ask and implore you to conduct an independent investigation into probable sexual abuse of children and minors by clergy in the Catholic Church. Serious criminal acts were committed by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania. We fear harm to hundreds or perhaps thousands of children in the state of Massachusetts have also occurred.  

The shocking Grand Jury Report demonstrates a cavalier disregard for children’s health and safety.  It is imperative that the investigation include the following three factors: 1) be independent and separate from the church, 2) employ subpoena authority, and 3) compel testimony under oath.

Our community relies on you and other organizations of law enforcement for the safety of our community.  Perpetrators of these crimes, and those responsible for covering up these crimes, need to be held accountable.  This initiative will protect future children from sexual assault in our great state.  We need to make the very strong statement that there will be criminal consequences for protecting an institution over the safety and well being of a child.  

Out of the 1000 victims in the state of Pennsylvania, only 2 will be able to seek justice do to PA SOL laws.  

Since there are no statues of limitations against felony sexual assault in Massachusetts, the victims in our state have an opportunity to finally seek justice.  The PA Grand Jury Report is replete with story after story of how the Church turned their back to their victims.  Please don’t do the same to the victims in Massachusetts.  These survivors deserve more from this great state.    

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

Sincerely,

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MA state AG   https://www.mass.gov/orgs/office-of-attorney-general-maura-healey

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  • Robin Vachon
    commented 2019-01-12 08:49:35 -0600 · Flag
    Dear Attorney General Healey,
    I am an adult survivor of abuse at the hands of a lay minister when I was a student, and he was a professor at Boston College and a full time employee of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston in 2001. Way before, “Me Too”. As an adult sexual abuse victim I had no voice, especially when it came to Title XI, and the justice system. The RCAB paid over $10,000.00 for treatment for the severe PTSD I suffered, and additional monies for the secondary PTSD treatment my husband received. Looking back now, I could have lost everything, not just my job, my education, and my children’s trust in me…I could have lost my marriage…even my life. These are the consequences my perpetrator threatened me with.

    Despite over 15 years of therapy, my PTSD turned into chronic anxiety and I developed two chronic pain conditions which require me to receive painful injections, physical therapy, and multiple medications. It was nearly impossible for me to parent my youngest children, who were 4 year old twins at the time. The youngest of whom would become prey to a pedophile neighbor two doors down from us a few years later. His PTSD developed into paranoid Schizophrenia, for which he has been hospitalized 2 dozen times since he turned 18 four years ago. (He is currently inpatient at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital). In my son’s case, he was the sole child witness, even though the police have tangible evidence his rapist abused both of his own sons prior to serving 7 years in prison. The justice system fails at one essential level, and that is in the aftercare for victims. This is a discussion I would be open to having at another time.

    The purpose of my letter today is not to ask for help for my family. Rather, it is a plea for you to join other states by conducting an independent investigation into probable sexual abuse of children and minors by clergy in the Catholic Church.

    Sincerely,

    Robin Vachon
    rhvachon@verizon.net
  • Hadassah Havivah Zeltzer
    commented 2018-11-30 11:45:14 -0600
    Tzedeck.com and The Malka Esther One Dollar Fund supports and validates SNAP’s letter to the attorney General Maura-Healy’s office.
  • David O'Regan
    commented 2018-11-30 10:57:03 -0600
    Dear Attorney General Healey,
    I am the Boston-Worcester Survivors of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) leader. I suffered sexual abuses as a twelve year old by a Catholic Priest at Camp Elm Bank in Wellesley MA in the sixties.
    I did not realize the harm it inflicted on me, crippling issues that to this very day I have to deal with.
    I did what I couldn’t as a child as an adult reporting my abuser to the church. The Statute of Limitation had run out for me, and I was too traumatized by the memories of being raped flooding into my head with the Boston Globes Spotlight investigation in 2002 exposing the culpability of the leadership of the Catholic Church having the knowledge of criminal clerics sexually abusing children and protecting them with lies and coverups.
    I found it unbearably hard to even tell my wife after 30 years of marriage what I was going through. Never mind speaking an attorney.
    The church offered to help me when I disclosed my abuse to the Diocese of Boston back in 2004. What they offered was an insult to the harm, destroyed childhood, and deep depression I was now suffering from full-blown PTSD.
    The offered to pay my co-payments for medication and therapy. I developed asthma for the first time in my life due to the stress I was under. The co-payment for the inhaler was sixty dollars which I did not have having two kids in college, four others at home, and unable to work and put food on the table.
    I was told when I asked for help that they could not help me if they did they would have to pay every victim’s medical bills.
    When I was in the hours of my greatest need, the church took little responsibility only offered me crumbs. I felt they wished I would just go away or die.
    Today I am a victims advocate and lead a support group for survivors of abuse at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital for Boston-Worcester area survivors of clergy abuse. We are some of the lucky ones who have survived despite walking that fine line between taking our lives to end the horrific pain of the memories of not only what was done to us as children but the deep pain of betrayal of a Church that preaches the Gospels apparently as a business. Because they have deliberately chosen not to live it protectin sick criminals over children.
    Now with the Pennsylvania grand jury report, It is clear children are safe in the State of Massachusetts, and the church can’t be trusted. We all should be outraged and disturbed by what they found.
    As a resident of the state of Massachusetts, I ask and implore you to conduct an independent investigation into probable sexual abuse of children and minors by clergy in the Catholic Church. Dangerous criminal acts were committed by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania. We fear harm to hundreds or perhaps thousands of children in the state of Massachusetts has also occurred.
    The shocking Grand Jury Report demonstrates a cavalier disregard for children’s health and safety. It is imperative that the investigation include the following three factors: 1) be independent and separate from the church, 2) employ subpoena authority, and 3) compel testimony under oath.
    Our community relies on you and other organizations of law enforcement for the safety of our community. Perpetrators of these crimes and those responsible for covering up these crimes need to be held accountable. This initiative will protect future children from sexual assault in our great state. We need to make the powerful statement that there will be criminal consequences for preserving an institution over the safety and well being of a child.
    Out of the 1000 victims in the state of Pennsylvania, only two will be able to seek justice do to PA SOL laws.
    Since there are no statutes of limitations against felony sexual assault in Massachusetts, the victims in our state have an opportunity to seek justice finally. The PA Grand Jury Report is replete with story after story of how the Church turned their back to their victims. Please don’t do the same to the victims in Massachusetts. These survivors deserve more from this great state.
    Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
    Sincerely,
    David O’Regan
    Boston-Worcester SNAP Leader
    worcestersnap@gmail.com
    413-774-8364
  • Hadassah Havivah Zeltzer
    commented 2018-10-11 16:30:43 -0500
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