OH- Priest accused, victims respond
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
A Catholic priest in Columbus has been placed on leave after allegations of sexual abuse. Since 1969, this priest has worked at 8 locations, including a high school where one of the alleged abuses occurred.
We commend those who reported the crimes. We urge any other individuals who have witnessed or been abused to come forward in order keep this predator priest safely away from children. We hope that the diocese will warn the parishioners of these locations and ask them to report anything they know to the police. Any additional information that would help convict this criminal will help prevent future crimes against children.
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.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.