Sex abuse survivors react after Washington Archdiocese releases name of abusive priests
By Janice Park, October 16, 2018, WUSA9
WASHINGTON -- The Archdiocese of Washington released a list Monday of 31 priests. It names priests involved in cases with credible accusations of abuse.
David Fortwengler says he was only 11 when the abuse happened.
Fortwengler keeps newspaper clippings in his car. Like scars, they are physical reminders of his painful past.
"During the criminal case more info came out, that he had horribly raped two brothers in 1966," said Fortwengler.
Fortwengler's abuser, Robert Petrella was eventually convicted of molesting David and another boy in the 60's, while they were both alter boys at an Oxon Hill, Maryland church.
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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