Settlement of another lawsuit against defrocked priest McCormack: $2.3 million; Victims responds
For immediate release: Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director, (949) 322- 7434, email@example.com
This most recent lawsuit against Father McCormack is very disturbing and shows the influence that predators have in the areas where they live and work. The 12-year-old child and alleged victim in this case was not a member of the parish where Daniel McCormack worked.
In addition, this victim was abused for the second time after McCormack had been arrested for abuse. However, the priest was allowed back into the parish and had not been placed on any restriction of ministry or put in a secure facility away from children, according to the suit. He was free to continue to prey on children in the parish and neighborhood.
We hope anyone who has suffered abuse will come forward and begin healing. We encourage anyone with information about these crimes to contact local law enforcement.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have more than 20,000 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 - Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, firstname.lastname@example.org) Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003, bdorris@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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