SNAP applauds brave family
We're grateful another family that was shattered by clergy crimes and cover ups is helping to prevent more crimes and cover ups. Each time a victim or witness calls police, files suit, or breaks silence, our society becomes a little bit safer for the most vulnerable among us.
Now is the time to be vigilant and take action, not be complacent and remain quiet. If the latter occurs Ratigan might get off on some technical legal scheme or might escape jail. Worse, the Catholic officials who enabled Ratigan to hurt other kids might avoid prosecution all together. So we beg people with even the slightest knowledge of how Ratigan and other sex offender clerics were or are handled to call 911 and report what they know.
Staying silent might feel safe. But it's unsafe for kids.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 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 - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, firstname.lastname@example.org), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
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.