Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests starting local chapter
By Dave Sutor, February 17, 2017, Tribune Democrat
A well-known advocacy group for child sexual abuse victims is setting up a chapter in the Altoona–Johnstown area.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests plans to hold its first confidential support meeting in Ebensburg on Feb. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.
SNAP is establishing its local group in response to the ongoing abuse scandal within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown.
“There is so much pain and hurt there that there needs to be support there,” said Judy Jones, the organization’s Midwest associate director.
In March, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General issued a report that provided details about an alleged decades-long coverup in which . . .
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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.
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