OH--SNAP responds to accused Columbus priest removed for sex abuse
For immediate release: June 25, 2018
Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Regional Leader: 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com
We commend the brave victim for coming forward and reporting the accusation of abuse by Father Pierre Albalaa, an allegation that the church found credible.
The courage of the survivors telling their story provides hope for healing and protecting children today.
Did Bishop Frederick F. Campbell and/or the Maronite order report this credible allegation to law enforcement? Church officials wrongly tell us that incidents such as this case can be reported to Diocesan officials or authorities. All incidents of child sex abuse must be reported to the police. The church officials are not the proper officials to be investigating child sex crimes. We have seen a history of church authorities covering up clergy who abuse children. If you have been abused, or have a reasonable suspicion of abuse, please report to law enforcement.
We also urge Bishop Campbell to reach out to Sacred Heart parish and to anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed at where Albalaa was located.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world's oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 supporters. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org )
Contact - Judy Jones, (636-433-2511, firstname.lastname@example.org), Tim Lennon (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org), Becky Ianni (703-801-6044, email@example.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.
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