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Diocese postpones more abuse healing services to 2018: Victims respond

Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Western Regional Director (949) 322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com

Bishop Wall’s primary job as the Bishop of Gallup is leading his flock, holding Masses, and healing souls—not attending conferences and fundraisers. Why is he not doing his primary job for the people who need him the most?

Wall seems to be very good at honoring obligations that make him look good. However, with this latest announcement, we see that he is NOT very good at honoring obligations that don’t make him look good: non-monetary agreements in a years-long bankruptcy battle, promises to update the list of 31 credibly accused abusers, and simple actions to help the healing of survivors of sexual abuse.

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Kelly argues against time limits on sex cases involving children: Victims respond

Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Western Regional Director (949) 322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com 

We applaud St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly. Illinois children who are victims of sex crimes should never be limited by arbitrary deadlines when seeking justice. 
Men and women who prey on children love short statutes of limitations. Predators know children take decades to understand the crimes committed against them and that most victims will live decades in shame, fear, and silence, if they tell at all.
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