SNAP Media Events
After a church service, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will pass out leaflets to congregants urging church officials to
--disinvite an accused, arrested predatory pastor who is set to speak later in the week, and
--apologize for their “callousness and hurtful behavior” for inviting him in the first place.
Now, 3 patients accuse doctor of abuse
Two have sued him for sexual battery
Physician also was charged with a DUI
Group believes other victims are “still suffering”
It urges “anyone with information” to call police
SNAP: “Prosecutors and Health Dept. must take action”
Clinic knew of his misdeeds but kept him working, suit says
Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference, abuse victims will disclose that a local doctor, sued earlier this month for the second time for sexual battery, also
--was accused in 2011 of assaulting a third patient, and
--was arrested and charged with “driving under the influence” of alcohol.
The group will also
--blast any of the doctor’s colleagues who did not report or try to stop his “hurtful crimes,”
--push law enforcement and Health Dept. officials to “take action to protect others,” and
--urge anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes to call law enforcement and file formal complaints with the state health department
Victims want predators’ names from North CA dioceses
Last year, six Catholic institutions in Minnesota did this
Last month, Seattle archbishop released 77 predators’ names
Another may do so next month; 30 bishops have taken this step
But at least 2,800 accused priests’ names remain hidden,” group says
SNAP: “San Jose & San Francisco dioceses are among biggest offenders”
Some perps are still near kids now as teachers & therapists, victims say
“Spotlight-style investigations still needed in most cities,” organization charges
Holding signs and childhood photos while giving leaflets to mass-goers in ten cities – including Oakland - clergy sex abuse victims and concerned parishioners will urge Catholic bishops in the nation’s largest dioceses to disclose the names of 2,800 accused predator priests whose identities are still hidden. They will also
--commend the 30 bishops who have posted pedophile priests on their websites,
--urge employers and neighbors to “google search” ex-priests they know & see if they’re accused,
--push for ending or extending the statute of limitations so more predators are exposed,
--beg all Catholic employees to “aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes” by these and other child molesting clerics, and
--prod church-goers to see the film Spotlight and urge family and friends to do likewise.
Sunday, February 28 Events
Oakland Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison Street
Sunday, February 28 at 11:00 am
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W Temple Street
Sunday, February 28 at 10:45 am
Contact Barbara Blaine, 312-399-4747 bblaine@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
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.