MN- SNAP applauds victim for speaking out for the first time
For immediate release: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
We applaud the brave victim and his mother, who spoke out publically for the first time today. It takes great courage for victims to speak up about their abuse.
Fr. Tom Stitts abused the victim in 1971and when the victim's mother called the archdiocese's chancery to report it, she was turned away. Now after 40 years of silence, the victim and his mother are speaking out.
We hope anyone who is suffering in silence and self blame will take courage from this victim’s bravery and report their abuse. Children are safer when those who saw, suspect or suffered child sex crimes speak up.
(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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