NJ--Victims beg more victims of predator/exorcist to speak up
For immediate release: Tuesday, March 3
Statement by Mark Crawford, SNAP Director for New Jersey (732-632-7687, firstname.lastname@example.org)
We’re grateful that an already-convicted North Bergen pastor/exorcist now faces new charges.
Most child molesters are never charged. When they are, they’re usually charged with a fraction of their crimes. Because the horror they inflict is so severe, and so likely to be repeated, it’s crucial that predators are charged with as much wrongdoing as possible, even if they’re already convicted or imprisoned. The safest way to protect kids is to do everything legally possible to keep predators and kids apart for as long as possible.
We hope that every single person who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Gregorio Martinez – of cover ups by his church colleagues or superiors – will come forward, get help, protect others, call police and expose those who commit and conceal these heinous crimes against children.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 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)
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.
Note to Letter Writers
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