SNAP responds to PA Dioceses Receiving Grand Jury Reports
For immediate release May 24, 2018
Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Regional Leader: 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com
We whole heartedly agree with PA Rep. Mark Rozzi that Pennsylvania Dioceses should not have received the results of the PA Attorney Generals grand jury reports exclusively, and the public being kept in the dark.
Parents and parishioners need to know who the known credible predators are so they can protect their children from harm.
Additionally, it is imperative that these reports are made public so that those who enabled and covered up sex crimes can be exposed and held accountable. It's a crime to sexually abuse children and it is a crime to cover up the abuse.
(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 isSNAPnetwork .org)
Contact - Judy Jones, 636-433-2511, firstname.lastname@example.org),Tim Lennon (415-312-5820,tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org); Becky Ianni (703-801-6044, email@example.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.
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