MN- Victims sue 4 priests, one for the first time; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Thursday, October 02, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Attorneys for child sex abuse victims have filed new clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuits regarding four Minnesota priests, one of whom has never been publicly accused before. We applaud the brave victims who broke their silence and are working towards justice.
The new lawsuits name four alleged child molesting priests from the Twin Cities archdiocese and New Ulm; Fr. Ramon J. Buckley (who has never been publicly exposed by the church), Fr. William Marks, Fr. John McGrath, and Fr. Michael Skoblik.
Many assume virtually all of the Twin Cities predator priests have been 'outed.' Today's case against Fr. Buckley shows that this just isn't true. There could be a dozen or more child molesting clerics who are still 'under the radar.' Exposing them and protecting kids should not be the burden of their victims. Hundreds of Catholic church staff and members - current and former - should stop being cowards and start speaking up about these dangerous clerics.
We urge church officials to reach out to anyone who may have been hurt by any of these clerics. We hope anyone who saw, suspects, or suffered clergy sex crimes will gain courage from these brave survivors and report what they know to secular officials.
(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 23 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)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, email@example.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Frank Meuers of Plymouth (952-334-5180, firstname.lastname@example.org) Verne Wagner (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.
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