NY--Buffalo bishop should do “outreach” in bus abuse case, group says
For immediate release: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
We’re very sad but not surprised that Catholic school officials dismissed an abuse report that now seems clear was accurate. Countless times, Catholic church and school staff claim their so-called “internal investigations” – which are usually biased and inadequate – “cleared” an alleged sex offender who is often caught later by others or who offends again.
(Earlier this week, for instance, a man became the second person to sue Fr. Gregory Yacyshyn for child sex crimes. But Bishop William Murphy is letting Fr. Yacyshyn stay at work in a parish, claiming a church “investigation” can’t substantiate the charges.)
Now, Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone must take action. He should personally go to the school and beg anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes there - or one the bus, playground or anywhere – call police immediately. He should insist that letters and calls go out to current and former school staff and students’ parents, prodding them to step forward if they have been hurt or know someone who has been hurt.
He should stand in the pulpit this Sunday and say “I’m sorry our school staff was wrong. We can’t un-do the harm that’s happened. But we must make sure that those who commit or ignore or conceal child sex crimes are brought to justice. So if you have any knowledge or suspicions that might help resolve these allegations, your civic and moral duty is to contact law enforcement now.”
In short, he should act like a caring, involved shepherd, not a cold-hearted, uninvolved CEO.
No matter what church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in Catholic churches or institutions to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
(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)
New video evidence supports boy’s claims of sexual assault on Buffalo school bus
Diocese, district denied boy’s story after first review
By Jay Rey | News Staff Reporter on April 26, 2016
The little boy who claimed to be sexually molested by a student nearly twice his age while on a Buffalo school bus with no bus aide late last year was telling the truth all along, new video evidence shows.
While his claims had been dismissed based on initial reviews of footage from the bus camera, investigators have recovered additional video from the bus that captured the 6-year-old being sexually abused by the older student during the ride from their Catholic school on the West Side, the boy’s mother told The Buffalo News.
Three separate sources familiar with the investigation corroborated this new development in the case.
In fact, video showed the . . .
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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