MN--Victims “disappointed” church court delay
For immediate release: Thursday, April 9
Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, email@example.com)
We’re disappointed that Catholic officials are already seeking to delay the bankruptcy process.
St. Paul church officials have known for a long time they were going to seek Chapter 11 protection. They have a legion of lawyers. They consulted with bankruptcy lawyers in early or mid 2013.
So it’s distressing to see that already Catholic officials are trying to slow events down. Many survivors struggle daily with depression, addictions, sleeplessness, agoraphobic, eating disorders, and suicidal thoughts. They need justice, help and closure sooner, not later.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 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)
Contact - David Clohessy 314-566-9790, firstname.lastname@example.org, Barbara Dorris 314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org, Verne Wagner of Duluth, Northeast MN (Duluth, MN & Superior, WI) SNAP director (218- 340-1277, email@example.com)
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.