SNAP responds to Catholic Deacon charged with child pornography
For immediate release: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Statement by Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Regional Leader, 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com
Deacon Rosendo F. Dacal of city, Pennsylvania has been accused of possessing child pornography.
While we have no first hand information on the charges against Deacon Rosendo F. Dacal, viewing, possessing, distributing, and/or creating child pornography is a serious crime for good reason. Real children are being sexually abused in the images, and these innocent victims are likely to experience lifelong pain and suffering as a result. Moreover, it is not uncommon for those who possess child pornography to also sexually abuse children.
We beg anyone who has any information about this case or any similar case to share that information with law enforcement. We further urge Bishop David A. Zubik to make sure that all of his parishioners know that, if they have any pertinent knowledge, it is appropriate to report it immediately to the civil authorities.
We mourn for all the children who were exploited to create these images. We hope that they are receiving treatment from mental health professionals, and support from family, from friends and from groups like ours.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world's oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 supporters. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org )
Contacts - Judy Jones ( 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com), Tim Lennon, (415-312-5820,tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org ), Becky Ianni (703-801-6044, SNAPVirginia@cox.net)
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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