For immediate release, October 12, 2018
Statement by Becky Ianni, SNAP Treasurer, Local DC SNAP leader, (703) 801-6044 SNAPvirginia@cox.net
We are thankful that Pope Francis has finally accepted the resignation of Cardinal Wuerl, who led the Archdiocese of Washington for many years. We hope that this action will bring healing to victims of clergy sexual abuse and relief to Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington.
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.