For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 25, 2013
Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Midwest Associate Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (636-433-2511, firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are grateful that these charges have been filed and believe they will help deter other cover ups in the future.
When sex crimes happen, employers and officials must choose whether to put their reputations and institutions first or the safety of victims first. And we as a society must punish those who choose selfishly to put their interests first. That’s the best way to make sure that employers and officials help, not hinder, investigations into sex offenses.
It’s always tempting and usually safe for law enforcement to pursue charges against sex offenders. It’s tougher and often controversial for law enforcement to pursue charges against those who ignore or enable sex offenses. But it’s crucial that both those who commit AND those who conceal sex crimes be punished.