Survivors respond: Attorney General Josh Shapiro writes letter to the Pope.
For immediate release, July 27, 2018
Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Regional Leader: 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com
In an unusual attempt to get the PA Grand Jury report released to the public, we applaud Attorney General Josh Shapiro for writing to the Pope asking for his help. We wish him good luck, but we would be very surprised if the Pope will do anything to help.
It is upsetting and disturbing to learn that two Church leaders are behind keeping the report sealed from the public. This is not what they preach to us about being open and transparent about child sex abuse. Attorney General Shapiro references "widespread sexual abuse of children and a systematic coverup by leaders of the Catholic Church" in his letter to the pope.
As long as church officials can keep their crimes and cover ups secret, nothing will change and kids are still not safe within this system. The wrongdoers need to be exposed and held accountable.
The victims have waited long enough for this report to be released to the public and their stories be told. They deserve some validation and justice.
(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 )
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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