SC--Pedophile priest case can proceed
For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
The SC Supreme Court has ruled that a clergy sex abuse and cover ups case –involving two victims and their mother – can proceed.
We are grateful to these brave victims and their mother for having the strength to seek justice and the patience to endure long delays and harsh defenses by Catholic officials.
We are also grateful that the court realizes that child sex abuse victims often can’t promptly seek justice, especially in cases where powerful church officials protect predators and keep secrets.
We are upset that South Carolina Catholic officials continue to try to exploit legal technicalities and evade responsibility for their wrongdoing. One can fight on the merits or fight on the technicalities. We are sad when purportedly spiritual figures fight alleged child sex abuse victims on technicalities.
Let’s hope that every person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups in South Carolina will find the courage to speak up, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect kids and start healing.
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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