SNAP applauds brave victim in Youngstown
Church officials can not always be trusted to have victims and our children’s best interest at heart.
We applaud this brave victim for speaking up and taking action to expose the truth and possibly protecting other children.
Hopefully others who may have knowledge or been harmed by Fr John Warner will have the courage to come forward and report it to police, not church officials.
Those who have been harmed by this priest or any clergy, teacher, or employee in the Youngstown diocese should keep in mind that silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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 www.SNAPnetwork.org )
David Clohessy, SNAP Director, (1-314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@ aol.com),
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com
Read more: http://www.wkbn.com/content/news/local/story/Priest-Removed-From-Ministry-Amid-Sexual/sn2r2fJcSU2QwogaROQOHg.cspx
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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