Report on implementation of Catholic child protection charter, SNAP responds
There are helpful numbers and misleading numbers. These are misleading numbers.
The sad, simple truth is that it has always taken child sex abuse victims decades to speak up, and that is not likely to change. (When was the last time you heard about a six year old walking to the DA's office to report that her teacher is molesting her?) Catholic officials know this. Yet they disingenuously put out this self survey - of the very bishops who have concealed and enabled hundreds of thousands of heinous child sex crimse by thousands of priests - knowing it will be good public relations for them, but will recklessly lead to increased complacency by the very people who should be vigilant.
This is little more than a self congratulatory public relations effort.
And we're troubled by this revelation on page 14 from the report of the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People:
"The most common scope limitation encountered in the Charter audit process was the unwillingness of most dioceses and eparchies to allow us to conduct parish audits during their onsite audits."
To read the report: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/upload/annual-report-on-the-implementation-of-the-charter-for-the-protection-of-children-and-young-people-2012.pdf
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
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.