NY- Female Catholic teacher rapes boy; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Friday, March 7, 2014
Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, firstname.lastname@example.org)
A female Catholic school religion teacher in the New York Archdiocese has pled guilty to raping a boy. Now, archdiocesan staff, under Cardinal Tim Dolan, must launch an aggressive public drive to find others who may have seen, suspected or suffered her crimes. And authorities must treat this criminal just like a male sex offender, with no special treatment.
So the justice system can do its job, and sentence her appropriately, those with more information about Amanda Iles' crimes must be prodded to come forward.
So that Dolan can do his job, and help others hurt by Iles, everyone else Iles hurt must be found and comforted.
So that all wrongdoers are identified and punished, anyone who may have ignored or hidden Iles' crimes must be reported to police and prosecutors.
In many child sex abuse cases in Catholic institutions, there are other school or church employees who saw or suspected or even knew about child sex crimes and chose to be silent or complicit. So there may well be other staff who broke the law here. We urge law enforcement to investigate as diligently as possible and file charges, if possible, against anyone – whether a paid employee or an adult volunteer – who failed to promptly call secular authorities the minute they knew about or had an inkling of Iles' crimes.
Whether the school operates as part of the archdiocese or not is irrelevant. Dolan is in charge of protecting every New York archdiocesan Catholic, regardless of which church institution they attend. He should use his vast resources and bully pulpit – his blog, his archdiocesan website, his parish bulletins and pulpits – to seek out anyone else who might have been raped by this Catholic teacher.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 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.
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