MN- Predator priest escapes justice
For immediate release: Monday, April 7, 2014
Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Our hearts ache for the victim of Fr. Christopher Wenthe who has been hurt again today by this depressing court ruling
We strongly urge Ramsey County prosecutors to re-try this case.
Today's ruling is another painful reminder why it's so critical that every single person who sees, suspects or suffers clergy sex crimes speak up. Had Fr. Wenthe faced two or three or four of his victims in court, he likely would have pled guilty. Instead, as happens so often in these cases, he and his expensive lawyers found a legal loophole to evade justice.
But it's not too late. We beg everyone with knowledge of or suspicions about Fr. Wenthe to call police, protect others and start healing.
(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 15,000 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, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Bob Schwiderski of Wayzata (952-471-3422, email@example.com), Frank Meuers of Plymouth (952-334-5180,firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.