SNAP Letter to Bishop James V. Johnston
PO Box 56539
Saint Louis MO 63156
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
- A public meeting—moderated and hosted by a neutral third party—with you, parishioners, parents, advocates, supporters, and SNAP. This meeting will address safety concerns at the parish and across the entire diocese. Subjects addressed will include reporting abuse, empowering parents to report, training on reporting laws, understanding the illegality of “internal investigations,” ethics issues in the December 2016 parish letter (including references to “gossip and speculation”) and accountability.
- The installation of a third-party sexual abuse prevention oversight committee for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Church officials have shown that they still need guidance when it comes to reporting abuse. Therefore, a third-party oversight committee consisting of survivors, attorneys for victims, and parents of victims can step in in cases like this, interviewing church officials, and determining where better training, systems, and hiring needs to happen.
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.