MN- Archdiocese names new head of child safety department
For immediate release: Monday, August 25, 2014
Minnesota archdiocese names a judge as the head of the new department responsible for child safety. We hope he puts the safety of kids before the reputation of the church and predators.
The former head of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Judge Timothy O'Malley, has been hired as the director of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment for the Twin Cities archdiocese. O’Malley has expressed his disappointment in how the church has responded to the child abuse scandal and hopes to make a difference.
Time and time again we see church officials claiming that they put the safety of children and the needs of victims first, but in reality they do little to nothing. We hope O’Malley sticks to what he says and exposes predators and those who cover it up, reports abuse to police, and is open and transparent about child sexual abuse. Only then will change began to happen and children will really be safe.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have 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)
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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