PA- Another Pittsburgh predatory cleric is “outed” - SNAP responds
For immediate release: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
Another person has disclosed having been molested at a Pittsburgh Catholic school and we've learned the name of another credibly accused child molesting Catholic cleric.
That means that in just three months, nine clerics have been publicly accused of sexually assaulting Pittsburgh kids.
We are deeply grateful to every single former North Catholic student who has reported having been hurt by Marianist clerics there. Now, we hope that others who saw, suspected or hid this wrongdoing will speak up too.
It's possible that at least one or two of the school staff who committed or concealed crimes at North Catholic can be criminally charged, convicted and kept away from kids. It's possible that they might also be sued in civil cases or punished by church officials.
But only if those who have been so deeply hurt contact police and prosecutors, not church figures. And it's more likely only if those who knew of or suspected abuse also step forward.
We again urge Bishop David Zubek to use his massive resources to urge anyone who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes to come forward and report to police.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have 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.
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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