MI--Group praises lawsuit vs. abusive Catholic tutor
For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
A young man who was sexually abused as a youngster by a tutor is filing a civil lawsuit against Catholic officials. We applaud his courage and are glad that he’s taking steps to expose those who ignored or concealed these heinous crimes. We’re especially grateful because too often, child sex crimes by women against boys and girls are minimized.
We strongly suspect that evidence will prove Grand Rapids Catholic church and school officials knew or should have known about Abigail Simon’s six months of abuse perpetrated on this boy. We agree with attorney Ven Johnson who says the diocese is "in the dark ages" about the sexual abuse of kids.
We hope that anyone who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes or cover ups in Grand Rapids – by clergy, teachers or staff – to call police, protect kids and expose those commit or conceal horrific crimes against the vulnerable.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, email@example.com, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Teen sex assault victim files lawsuit against tutor, Catholic schools, diocese
by Barton Deiters - email@example.com - December 02, 2015 at 6:32 PM
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The 15-year-old victim of sexual assault by Catholic school tutor Abigail Simon is 18 now and has filed a lawsuit seeking at least $25,000 from Simon, the private school system, the diocese and several administrators.
The now 18-year-old graduate of Catholic Central High School is represented by Detroit-based Ven Johnson – a so-called "super lawyer" and one-time partner of Geofrey Fieger. The suit was filed in Kent County District Court.
Johnson says the goal of the suit is to . . .
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.
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