MN--"Turning the page" is irresponsible
For immediate release: Wednesday, June 17
Statement by Frank Meuers, Minnesota SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Some are talking of "moving on" and "turning the page" in the Twin Cities abuse and cover up scandal. . .
Such thoughts are misplaced. They show a callous disregard for vulnerable kids.
Job one is not "recovering" or "healing." Job one is safeguarding kids. That means every single cleric who committed or concealed clergy sex crimes musts be exposed, ousted and prosecuted.
It means that the names of all child molesting clerics - priests, nuns, bishops, seminarians and brothers - must be permanently and prominently posted on church websites and in church bulletins.
It means that predator-friendly laws must be reformed. It means that former Twin Cities clerics - men like Duluth Bishop Paul Sirba and St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson - must be disciplined too.
Adults can heal regardless of what church or secular officials do or don't do. Kids, however, cannot protect themselves without active, proven prevention steps by church and secular officials. So let's keep the focus where it belongs -- on
Let's let "healing" and "turning the page" come later.
(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), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org ), Verne Wagner, Northern Minnesota SNAP director (218-340-1277, 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.
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