Poland- Priest arrested for sex crimes, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Monday, February 17, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
A priest in Poland has been arrested for sexually abusing children in the Caribbean.
We are grateful for law enforcement officials and for the brave victims who spoke up. Poland has largely ignored the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in many European and Western nations. We take this as an encouraging sign that officials in Poland are ready to start taking this crisis seriously.
We hope that those who were hurt or witnessed child sexual crimes will be encouraged by this arrest to speak up. We also want church officials in Poland and the Caribbean to reach out to any other possible victims.
(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, firstname.lastname@example.org), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, email@example.com)
Ksiadz w Polsce zostal aresztowany za seksualne wykorzystywanie dzieci na Karaibach.
Jestesmy wdzieczni przedstawicielom prawa I odwaznym ofiarom,ktorzy mieli odwage zabierac glos .
Polska w duzej mierze ignorowala skandale naduzyc seksualnych , ktore wstrzasnely kosciolem Katolickim w wielu europejskich panstwach I Ameryce .
Odbieramy to jako znak poparcia,ze Polska jest gotowa ,aby zaczac traktowac ten kryzys powaznie.
Mamy nadzieje , ze Ci ktorzy zostali zranieni oraz byli swiadkami zbrodni seksualnych przeciwko dzieciom zostana zacheceni przez to aresztowanie do glosnego wypowiadania sie.
Chcemy rowniez , aby wladze Kosciola w Polsce I na Karaibach dotarly do innych mozliwych ofiar.
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.
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.