NJ--Victims urge church officials to restore memorial
For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 3
Why must already-wounded and betrayed abuse survivors be forced to pay for a memorial at a Catholic church? Why can’t New Jersey church officials pony up this time?
We are deeply proud of the brave survivors who were assaulted by Paterson diocese predator priests. At least a dozen were victimized by one Mendham priest: Fr. James Hanley. It took great strength for them to come forward, seek justice, expose wrongdoers and create this moving memorial. We are sad that it’s been damaged again.
The memorial is a small but important reminder about the continuing clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis in the church. For the healing of adults and the safety of kids, and especially for the loved ones of Jim Kelly, we hope it’s restored fully and quickly.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, email@example.com), Mark Crawford, SNAP New Jersey Director (732-632-7687. firstname.lastname@example.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
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.