PA--SNAP responds Erie Priest being charge for child abuse.
For immediate release: Tuesday, May 8th
Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Regional Leader, hm: 636-433-2511, cell: 314-974-5003, SNAPjudy@gmail.com
Thanks to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro for taking action to expose the truth and protect kids today.
Priest accused of abusing 2 boys, making 1 confess afterward
The survivors of the SNAP network are thankful for the PA Grand Jury investigation of the Erie Diocese.
Church officials had received complaints about what they say were Fr David Poulson’s “sexual predator tendencies” as far back as 2010 and they did not report it to police. They knew, yet the accused priest remained in ministry. So much for zero tolerance. How many more kids were put in harm’s way because of this reckless inaction. It is time for church officials to be held accountable for enabling and covering up these crimes.
It is heart wrenching to learn that a young boy was made to go to confession. The guilt did not belong to the boy, it belonged to the priest.
Hopefully any others who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Poulson or any other Erie Diocese personnel, will find the courage to come forward and contact law enforcement no matter how long ago it happened. Child predators need to be kept far away from kids forever.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world's oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 supporters. Our website isSNAPnetwork.org )
Contact - Judy Jones, (636-433-2511, cell 314-974-5003, email@example.com), Tim Lennon (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org), Becky Ianni (703-801-6044, 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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