SPAIN- Most Spanish abuse charges dropped, Victims respond
For immediate release Monday January 16, 2015
Statement by Miguel Hurtado Calvo of London (UK), Spokesperson of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (+44 (0)7 787 63 82 45 Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org)
It’s heartbreaking that nearly all of the criminal charges against a dozen suspects in a Spanish clergy sex abuse and cover up case have been dropped.
The ten priests and two laymen who allegedly committed or concealed heinous child sex crimes must still be regarded as dangerous. We feel deeply sad for the courageous victims who reported these crimes to law enforcement. They will no doubt feel devastated by this tragic news.
We strongly suspect that these defendants successfully exploited legal technicalities like the statute of limitations to evade justice. If so, they should be ashamed of themselves.
Given how egregious these charges are, and given how often these priests allegedly assaulted children, we are confident they can still be prosecuted if others who saw, suspected or suffered this horror find the strength to speak up. We urge anyone with information or suspicions about these alleged wrongdoers to call police and prosecutors now.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have more than 20,000 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)
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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