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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, August 4, 2011

Diocese Misleads Public on Sex Abuse and Cover-Up Documents, Victims Respond

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, SNAP Western Regional Director (949) 322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com

Yesterday, in a media interview regarding a new sex-abuse and cover-up lawsuit against the Diocese of Monterey, a church spokesman said that investigating allegations of abuse is difficult, perhaps impossible, because diocese officials must search through "boxes of" hard copies of sex abuse and cover-up files to find any evidence.

This is nothing more than a dangerous stall tactic on the part of Diocese officials, who want to silence victims, scare witnesses and discourage whistleblowers.

Why? A simple internet search showed that:
-- The church's own rules (Canon Law 489) require every diocese to keep permanent files on every abusive cleric, and that those files be ANNUALLY review by the bishop http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/_INDEX.HTM,
-- The accused priest, Fr. William G. Allison, spent time in a church-run treatment center for child abusing clerics http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news5/2011_05_27_Hardin_Burrola_At_Least_16_Abusers.htm#Allison,
-- Attorneys for an Allison victim in the Diocese of Fresno had subpoenaed Allison's file from the Diocese of Gallup http://bishop-accountability.org/priestdb/PriestDBbylastName-A.html,
-- Allison was publicly exposed as an abuser in 2005, giving Monterey plenty of extra time to search their files, and
-- Documents chronicling Allison's career going back to 1960 have been made public.

Simply because a predator is dead does not mean that the victim's pain disappears. It also does not mean that the men who covered up for the predator are now "off the hook." Using tactics like "the evidence is lost" or "witnesses have disappeared" is hurtful, dangerous and, most of all, blatantly false. These tactics put kids at risk of abuse RIGHT NOW.

We demand that the Diocese produce and make public all of the sex abuse and cover-up files on every priest who abused in the Diocese, or abused before or after their assignment to the diocese. We also encourage anyone who has been abused to come forward to law enforcement, not the church. Finally, we strongly urge anyone with evidence of abuse and cover-up to come forward to law enforcement and help victims heal.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have 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 SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - Joelle Casteix (949) 322-7434 jcasteix@gmail.com, David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Diocese Of Monterey Talks About Sexual Abuse Allegations

Posted: Aug 03, 2011 10:22 PMUpdated: Aug 03, 2011 10:45 PM

By Susanne Brunner - email

http://www.kionrightnow.com/story/15206430/diocese-of-monterey

The Diocese of Monterey is finally giving its side of the story on sexual abuse allegations we first told you about Monday. We found out the allegations are over 50 years old, and that could make it hard to find the truth. The Diocese of Monterey said it will have to go through boxes and boxes of paperwork to bring up any information on Father William Allison, and the fact that he's now deceased, makes it only tougher.

"These lawsuits dating back almost 50 years now are obviously very difficult for us to investigate because we have to go back into the archives and find old paper copies of reports. None of this is digital or anything," said Warren Hoy, Diocese Spokesman.

Diocese spokesman Warren Hoy said with technology up to date and a better archiving system, it doesn't take as long to investigate recent cases. But, this case dates back to the 1960's, meaning everything is on paper and the diocese must go through all the files from the San Carlos Parish and other churches Father Allison may have served at.

Hoy said the Diocese of Monterey is still waiting to actually be served the lawsuit, but they did get a courtesy copy of it from the alleged victim's attorney. A website called bishopaccountability.com shows Father Allison may have abused other kids in New Mexico and Arizona. While it was easy to find that information now, it wasn't when the alleged abuse took place.

"Looking back to 1966 or thereabouts, those things were'nt in place, people haven't even thought about those kind of issues before, so we'll have to look and see what happened 45 years ago."

A study done by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice shows the highest number of reported incidents happened in the 1970's, and most were reported years later.


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