NY, AZ – Victim advocates to Catholic Church: #NoMore
For immediate release, Saturday, November 11, 2017
Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, California, Volunteer Member of the Board of Directors and Volunteer East Bay Leader for SNAP, the Survivors Network (925-708-6175, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Yesterday it was revealed that the Brooklyn Diocese of the Catholic Church had quietly posted on its website the names of seven former priests it says were defrocked for child sexual abuse.
SNAP, the Survivors Network, is glad that the diocese is finally confirming that it found these men to be a threat to children. However, as advocates for victims, we wonder, as did attorney Mitchell Garabedian, why an institution which professes to stand for morality could have put so many children in danger by keeping criminal behavior secret?
We have advocated for years that the Catholic Church reveal the names and whereabouts of all those that it has determined are guilty of child sexual abuse. This simple, cost-free step would go a long way toward preventing the abuse of more children by these hidden predators.
SNAP again calls on all New York dioceses and all Catholic dioceses around the world to reveal the names. Please, just do the right thing to protect children.
#NoMore secrets! #NoMore hidden predators!
(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 25,000 members. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contacts –Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Megan Peterson (218-684-0073, Survivor19@live.com), Tim Lennon (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org), Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175, email@example.com), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, 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.
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