ME- priest sued for child sex crimes
Two brothers are suing a Maine Catholic diocese saying they were molested by a priest.
We applaud these brave brothers for coming forward and seeking justice. Every time clergy sex abuse victims find the courage to speak up, kids become safer and truth becomes revealed.
We hope this step will help these courageous men heal. We are confident it will help Maine Catholics learn more about corruption in their church’s hierarchy.
Though Fr. Vallely has passed away years ago, the church knew of his abuse. The article quotes: "The Conroys decided to file the lawsuits after recently becoming aware that church officials knew of Vallely's abuse but did nothing to stop it, said Garabedian, who represents clergy sex abuse victims around the world."
So we hope that Fr. Vallely, and Catholic officials who helped conceal his crimes, may someday be prosecuted.
We call on Maine’s bishop to personally visit each place where Fr. Vallely worked and beg victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to call police. We urge every current and former Maine Catholic church employee or member to seek out others who were hurt by Fr. Vallely and offer them support.
Maine’s bishop should also disclose where every one of his child molesting cleric lives and should insist that they move immediately to remote, secure, professionally-run treatment centers so that kids will be safer.
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.
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.