MO - Victims applaud judge's ruling on disclosure
For immediate release, Friday November 15, 2013
Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com
We are grateful that today, Judge Dierker is largely standing by his earlier ruling and is insisting that archdiocesan officials turn over records about child molesting priests, nuns, deacons, teachers, brothers and other church employees.
Our understanding is that Archbishop Robert Carlson has 30 days to comply with the judge's order.
His ruling is another step forward in the long struggle to better protect kids and expose and deter those who have or may conceal heinous crimes against children.
There are 52 publicly accused St. Louis predator priests and nuns. The real figure, we suspect, is three times higher. We hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes or misdeeds will find the courage to speak up, get help, call police, expose officials who commit and conceal dreadful crimes against vulnerable boys and girls.
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.
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.