SNAP Media Events
Victims to leaflet church-goers - Monday @ 12:30 pm (after 12:05 pm Mass)
Victims to leaflet church-goers
They prod Catholics & Archbishop on abuse
SNAP wants to know whereabouts of accused priests
Group says list of alleged predators is "long overdue" & "inadequate"
Handing out fliers to parishioners as they leave the church, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will announce they are:
--writing to all 5 Louisiana Bishops asking for the "immediate release" of the names and whereabouts of all Church employees proven, admitted or credibly accused of child sexual abuse,
--prodding those Bishops to be "very inclusive" with the lists, and
--urging lay Catholics to donate elsewhere until Church officials do better at protecting children.
Abuse victims beg LA Attorney General Landry to initiate statewide investigation
They want professionally staffed hotline for victims to report sexual abuse
They also urge local police & prosecutors to "be more aggressive"
“Law enforcement must do more,” group says, “if children are to be better protected”
Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference clergy sex abuse victims will, in the wake of a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about Catholic clergy sex crimes and cover ups:
--beg Louisiana's attorney general to probe clergy sex crimes & cover ups,
--urge him to join a dozen other states and launch a statewide grand jury-style investigation,
--prod local prosecutors across the state to take similar steps, and
--ask all law enforcement personnel in the state to use their resources to ask, beg, and encourage victims, witnesses and whistle blowers to report known or suspected crimes and cover ups to secular authorities.
They want him to order AG to use subpoenas
SNAP also wants Hawley to delay & expand abuse inquiry
"Make no announcement until after election day," they urge
Otherwise, probe will be "politicized" and "hurtful," victims argue
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will hand deliver a letter to Missouri's governor urging him to insist that the state attorney general
--use subpoena powers to expand a statewide clergy sex abuse inquiry,
--question Catholic officials, in Jeff City & elsewhere, under oath, and
--use state resources to prod victims, witnesses & whistleblowers to come forward soon.
Nine new "predator" priests are "outed"
All were sent here after being accused in Pennsylvania
Group pushes AG Hawley to delay and expand his abuse inquiry
"Make no announcement until after election day," victims urge
Otherwise, probe will be "politicized" and "hurtful," they argue
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will
--disclose the names of nine priests named in a recent Pennsylvania grand jury report who were sent to St. Louis after having been accused of child sex crimes, and
--hand deliver a letter urging Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley to both delay and expand his clergy sex abuse inquiry.
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.