NY--Victims respond to alleged abuse on school buses
For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016
We are not reassured that Catholic officials say they’re investigating alleged abuse on a school bus. Church staff claim all the time that they conduct such investigations but rarely substantiate any wrongdoing. We believe it’s far better and safer to let the independent and experienced professionals in law enforcement look into such accusations rather than the biased and often self-serving bureaucrats in church offices.
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)
State Education Dept. investigating alleged abuse on Buffalo school buses
By Evan Anstey, News 4 Digital Producer
Published: February 23, 2016, 10:28 am - Updated: February 23, 2016, 1:50 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A spokeswoman for Sen. Tim Kennedy says the State Education Department is investigating two alleged cases of abuse on Buffalo school buses.
In a letter to State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Kennedy says a 6-year-old boy was allegedly abused by a 12-year-old on the bus in December.
School officials with the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo are also investigating that incident.
The letter also mentioned a situation where a mother said her 9-year-old South Buffalo son was physically and sexually abused on a school bus.
Kennedy says he wants to see if . . .
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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