SNAP Media Events
By Kristen Gelineau, June 29, 2017
VATICAN CITY — Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' top advisers, took a leave of absence as the Vatican's financial czar on Thursday to fight multiple criminal charges in his native Australia that allege he committed sexual assault years ago.
When: August 11-13, 2017
Where: The Westin Alexandria in Virginia/Washington, D.C.
What: The second annual walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in support of child sex abuse survivors.
When: Sunday, June 4 at 11:00 AM EDT
Where: The walk will begin from Brooklyn and end at City Hall with an open mic for victims to share their stories. Followed by a vigil for all those who have been hurt.
PA-On first anniversary of Altoona-Johnstown grand jury report, victims skeptical of diocesan response
While some progress has been made, survivors still not sure that kids’ safety is a priority
Priest who took the Fifth when questioned under oath is still in a position of authority
Many members of Allegation Review Board still working for diocese, including one who handles reports of child sexual abuse
Promised website listing of the credibly accused is woefully inadequate
Meanwhile, the Catholic Church continues to lobby against SOL reform, shutting the doors of justice to child victims and preventing additional predators from being exposed
Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse survivors and their supporters will:
--Recap progress made by the Altoona-Johnstown diocese on the first anniversary of the grand jury report;
--Point out work that the diocese has yet to do to ensure the safety of its children;
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.