Predator priest jailed in Ontario, SNAP applauds sentence
We are grateful that this predator will be sent to jail for his crimes. Children are safer when predators are behind bars, and so for the next 15 months, parents in Ontario can breathe easier. We urge the Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton, Bishop Douglas Crosby, to personally visit each parish where Fr. James Boudreau worked and beg victims and witnesses to come forward.
We hope that anyone who has seen, suspected, or suffered crimes at the hands of Fr. Boudreau will be emboldened knowing that he cannot hurt or intimidate them, and will come forward and make a report to police.
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.