NY- Yeshiva abuse victims lose again; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, email@example.com)
An appeals court has ruled against child sex abuse victims and in favor of a school that hid child sex crimes.
Our hearts ache for the dozens of brave, wounded former Yeshiva students who still suffer because New York judges slam the courthouse doors to them. Judges couldn't do this, however, if not for callous university officials who insist on exploiting archaic, predator-friendly statutes of limitations so that the complicity of other school staff will remain hidden.
This case is yet another in a long string of examples that clearly show New York continues to be a good place for those who commit or conceal heinous child sex crimes.
We are grateful these courageous victims will keep persisting in their heroic struggle to expose wrongdoers. But now more than ever, New York lawmakers must show courage and reform the statute of limitations. Right now, corrupt employers have an incentive to destroy evidence, intimidate victims, threaten witnesses, discredit whistleblowers, fabricate alibis and protect predators. Why? Because all they have to do is “run out the clock” until it's too late for frightened and confused victims to take legal action. If kids are to be safer in New York, this must change.
(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)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
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.
Note to Letter Writers
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