MT--Diocese files for bankruptcy ahead of trial, Victims respond
For immediate release, April 1, 2017
The Diocese of Great Falls-Billings is just the latest to hide behind bankruptcy protection to avoid potentially embarrassing and expensive child sex abuse and cover-up civil trials.
These filings are seldom about money. Instead, church officials filed for federal protection on the eve of a July trial to ensure that victims and the general public never know the true extent of sex abuse and cover-up throughout eastern Montana.
We know that it will be difficult, but we hope that victims remain vigilant throughout this process and demand accountability and transparency. It is very easy for bishops to use bankruptcy as a stall tactic. Now, unfortunately, it is up to victims—now creditors—to make sure doesn’t happen. And, unfortunately, healing must wait.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. We have members who were molested in all institutional settings, including churches, schools, clubs, and homes. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)