NY- Franciscan brother accused of sexual abuse, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, firstname.lastname@example.org)
A New York Franciscan brother has been removed from his position following allegations that he sexually abused a student. We are grateful to the brave victim who came forward and reported these allegations.
When victims report their abuse, they not only encourage others who are suffering in silence and self blame to speak up. They also, by exposing an alleged predator, make other kids safe.
Brother Dominic Quigley is accused of sexually abusing a boy while teaching at St. Francis Prep in Queens. Quigley had been working at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Bayside, Queens. St. Francis Prep was the subject of an unrelated lawsuit for allegedly ignoring the sexual abuse of a football coach.
We hope anyone else who might have seen, suspects, or suffered sexual abuse by Quigley or any other Catholic official will find the courage to speak up, report to secular officials and start healing.
(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 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)
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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