The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Abuse victims, Catholics and advocates beg prosecutors to act
They want law enforcement to “scour” Bridgeport diocese records
Groups are convinced that at least a few church officials could be charged
“Where there’s a will,” to pursue wrongdoers, “there’s often a way,” they believe
Organizations also urge legislators to pass & fix laws to deter future sex crime cover-ups
They will also urge
The groups are calling on state and federal prosecutors to think creatively about ways to pursue current and former church employees that ignored or concealed crimes.
The organizations feel there’s likely to be at least one priest, housekeeper, secretary or church lawyer who has destroyed evidence, obstructed justice, intimidated witnesses or committed some crime that’s still able to be prosecuted. In some states, for instance, the statute of limitations is suspended when a predator moves out of state, like several Bridgeport predator priests have done.
“We’re asking law enforcement to read every document, beg witnesses and victims to come forward, and launch a full-scale probe into abuse and cover-up by Bridgeport church staff,” said Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org.
“We also need prosecutors to lead the fight to change archaic laws that protect sexual predators and their enablers,” said David Clohessy of SNAP. Examples of such legislative reforms include enacting or toughening state laws dealing with civil RICO, conspiracy, negligent supervision, negligent hiring, and tougher sanctions under the mandated reporting statutes. Some of the groups especially want to see mandatory jail time for those who are obligated to report suspected abuse but fail to do so.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests