Statement by Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Leader,636-433-2511,SNAPJudy@gmail.com
We applaud these brave victims for stepping forward and reporting their abuse. While Bishop Lawrence Persico has contacted local law enforcement we hope that he will take some additional steps to encourage victims, witnesses and whistle-blowers to come forward.
Nearly five thousand former students of Presentation High School in San Jose and their supporters havesigned a petitiondemanding an independent investigation into how the administration handled reported sexual abuse over the past thirty years. To date twenty women allege that they were molested at the prestigious Catholic girls’ school, and eight staff members have been accused. Many of the students say they reported at the time, but administrators failed to contact authorities outside the school as required by law. Despite the growing list of allegations, school officials maintain that all reports were handled properly.