N. Ireland abuse probe should be expanded, victims say
For immediate release: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
We support the victims and advocates who want to see the Northern Ireland institutional abuse investigation to spread to England and Wales.
Kids were hurt in these institutions in large part because governmental officials were at least negligence, or perhaps worse. So the least that governmental officials can do now is to investigate and hold open public hearings. This would help in three ways. It would help those who have suffered so long might at least be heard. It would help the public understand how such devastating maltreatment could have happened and be hidden. And it would help deter recklessness, callousness and deceit by church, school and governmental officials in the future.
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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