PA--Altoona priest accused of abuse
For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 7
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Another Altoona priest has allegedly committed child sex crimes. He's the 28th Altoona-Johnstown diocesan cleric to be publicly accused of molesting children.
We hope that every single person who saw, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by Fr. Martin Cingle will find the courage to step forward, get help, expose wrongdoers, protect kids and start healing. We especially appeal to current and former church employees to share what they may know or suspect about this priest with law enforcement.
Bishop Mark Bartchak should get out from behind his desk, ignore his lawyers, and personally visit each site where Fr. Cingle worked, begging victims, witnesses and whistle-blowers to call police and prosecutors.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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)
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.