PA- Marianist brother accused of abuse in Australia spent time in Pittsburgh
For immediate release: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Statement Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
A US Marianist brother is set to stand trial in Australia for abusing boys and girls in the 1970s and 80s. We are glad he is facing justice in Australia, but believe it is likely he abused kids in the US too.
Brother Bernard Joseph Hartman worked in Australia until 1985 when he came back to the US and worked in Pittsburgh from 1986 until 1998. Hartman is accused of sexually abusing at least 4 children at St Paul’s College between 1976 and 1982.
With 25 years of experience we believe given the opportunity Hartman would have abused children in the US parishes he worked too. Predators rarely abuse once, and Hartman already has a track record of abusing more than one child.
We want Bishop David A. Zubik, to visit every parish Hartman worked at and beg witnesses, whistleblowers and victims to come forward, report to police and get help.
(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 15,000 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)
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), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, email@example.com), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, firstname.lastname@example.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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