MN--Victims disappointed in judge’s ruling in clergy case
For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 26
Kids are safer every time information about those who commit or conceal child sex crimes is made public. So we’re disappointed in Judge Shaun Floerke ruling that limits disclosures about clergy sex crimes and cover ups in Duluth in a civil lawsuit.
More and more often, clergy sex abuse victims are seeking both justice and prevention in litigation. They’re pushing for the disclosure of the names of clerics who abuse kids and clerics who enable clerics to abuse kids. They should be applauded for this. And judges should think long and hard before siding with church officials who continue to conceal horrific child sex crimes and against wounded victims who want to expose those crimes.
Civil lawsuits enable victims to expose “enablers” – those who ignore or hide abuse reports and help predators stay “beneath the radar.” And every time an “enabler” is publicly exposed, other prospective “enablers” – in schools, churches, summer camps, athletic leagues and day care centers – are deterred from similar wrongdoing.
So these pedophile priests aren’t just about “the past.” They’re about the present and future. They’re about making kids safer. We hope more judges understand this and rule accordingly.
(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, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Frank Meuers (952-334-5180, firstname.lastname@example.org), Verne Wagner (218- 340-1277, email@example.com)
Judge denies broad access to church abuse documents
By Tom Olsen Today at 12:30 a.m.
A judge has denied a bid by alleged child-sexual-abuse victims to obtain broader access to documents maintained by the Diocese of Duluth.
In an order filed last week, 6th Judicial District Chief Judge Shaun Floerke ruled that . . .
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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