OR--Please help us protect the vulnerable
SNAP volunteers, including Portland SNAP leader Jeannie Cratty, handed out this flier in Sherwood on Sunday, at the parish where Fr. Ysrael Bien allegedly installed a hidden bathroom camera. Fr. Bien has reportedly fled to the Philippines.
We are members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). Our mission is to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded and expose the truth to deter future cover ups of sex crimes and misdeeds by clergy of any faith group.
We apologize if we seem intrusive. But we’re here because we fear that Fr. Ysrael Bien
--may hurt innocent kids or vulnerable adults in the Philippines or
--may have hurt innocent kids or vulnerable adults in Oregon.
We’d like your help in safeguarding others. We respectfully ask that you:
--seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered misdeeds or crimes by Fr. Bien,
--track down former church members and parish staff, and ask them about Fr. Bien, and
--urge anyone with information or suspicions (however small, old or seemingly insignificant) to call law enforcement.
(If more victims, witnesses or whistleblowers step forward, Fr. Bien may be charged with more crimes which will increase the chances that he’ll be extradited, convicted and imprisoned, making everyone safer and deterring similar crimes and cover ups in the future.)
We also hope you will ask Archbishop Sample to
--write his colleagues in the Philippines begging them to keep Fr. Bien away from kids and out of parishes
--aggressively urge anyone in Oregon who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or cover ups by Fr. Bien to contact law enforcement, and
--pledge to SNAP also contends that Sample should have yank the passport of the next priest who is accused or suspected of sexual misconduct, and
--disclose, to help law enforcement and reassure local Catholics, all church facilities where Fr. Bien spent time.
Thanks for reading this flier. We hope you’ll pass it on to others who care about safety and healing.
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
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.