PA -- Two Franciscan friars enter pleas, victims' group responds
For immediate release Friday, May 5, 2018
Statement by Judy Jones, SNAP Volunteer Midwest Leader (email@example.com, 636-433-2511, cell 314-974-5003)
As a fifteen year advocate for victims of clergy sex abuse I fully support Attorney General Josh Shapiro's statement in regard to no tolerance for enabling and covering up child sex abuse.https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/taking-action/press-releases/ag-shapiro-two-altoona-franciscan-friars-plead-to-endangering-the-welfare-of-children/
Even though these criminals will not spend any time in jail, I hope that the pleas by these Friars will show the necessity for laws to be changed to better protect kids today. PA statutes of limitations for child sex crimes need to be eliminated.
(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 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.
Note to Letter Writers
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