For immediate release: Monday, August 28, 2017
Statement by Barbara Dorris, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503-0003 bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org
A former Catholic priest was arrested and is facing nine indictments child sex abuse charges in Jasper County, SC. We are so grateful for the two brave survivors who worked with prosecutors to make this happen.
For immediate release, Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Bishop Mark Bartchak, head of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, recently announced the new seven members of his Diocesan Review Board. The Pennsylvania State Attorney General once described the previous Board as a tool for concealing sex abuse allegations.
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.