MN- Victim gets threatening letters
For immediate release: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
The woman who “outed” a Twin Cities predator priest is getting threatening letters and prosecutors suspect the cleric is behind them.
Prosecutors are seeking DNA from Fr. Mark Huberty of Maplewood who is charged with fourth- and fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct.
We hope a judge grants their request. And we hope that Archbishop John Nienstedt harshly denounces this intimidation right now - no matter who is responsible for it. It is his duty to help foster a climate that welcomes, not discourages, abuse reports.
We applaud the prosecutors for seeking DNA samples from Fr. Huberty. And we applaud this brave woman who is persisting in her effort for prevention and justice, despite such awful tactics.
Our hearts break for her. She has to be re-victimized by such emotionally violent reactions to stepping forward and bravely speaking up. We know all too well the damage and pain that is caused when an accused priest receives support because they are “innocent until proven guilty” which somehow leaves the victim “a liar until proven abused.”
We applaud her courage. And we hope her actions will inspire others who were hurt- by Fr. Huberty or other clerics - to step forward and protect future women from being sexually abused. We hope it will also inspire law enforcement officials to investigate and prosecute anyone who tries to interfere with clergy sex cases.
(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 18,000 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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