PA - Lynn released; abuse victims respond
For immediate release: Monday December 30, 2013
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
We are grateful that Msgr. Lynn spent months locked up and hope he will again. We are disappointed that he's been freed and we hope he will not flee the country or take any further steps now to help child molesting clerics in any way.
Msgr. Lynn's callousness, recklessness and deceit caused kids to be hurt and predators to walk free. We hope that Pennsylvania's highest court will re-instate his conviction.
No matter how this case is ultimately resolved, we hope that every single person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups in the Philadelphia area will find the courage and strength - like Billy Doe did - to speak up, call police, prosecutors, lawyers, journalists, therapists or support groups and share what they know or suspect so that kids might be protected, wrongdoing might be deterred and truth might be disclosed. But do something. Staying silent just helps those who commit and conceal child sex crimes.
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,SNAPblaine@gmail.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.
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.