NY- Dozen more claims added to Manhattan high school molestation suit
For immediate release: August 7, 2013
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
More victims have signed up in a civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against a prestigious Manhattan high school.
The suit charges that crimes by principal Rabbi George Finkelstein and teacher Rabbi Macy Gordon have been concealed by Yeshiva University High School for decades.
We applaud the courage of all those who have come forward against the school. We hope that their testimony will help with both the healing of the victims and the preventing of future child sex crimes.
A lawyer for Yeshiva University High School stresses how long ago the alleged crimes happened. So what? Wrongdoers deserve to be exposed and punished, no matter how old their wrongdoing may have been. Otherwise, wrongdoing is rewarded.
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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