Terry Specht, Arlington priest, accused of sexually abusing young man: SNAP Responds
Statement by Becky Ianni Washington, DC/Virginia SNAP Director, SNAPVirginia@cox.net, 703-801-6044
We hope that anyone who saw, suspected or suffered this priest’s abuse will get help and report abuse to the police. It is important that people with suspected knowledge contact law enforcement officials not Catholic church officials.
We encourage the Bishop to personally, visit every parish where he worked, urging victims, witnesses, and whistleblowers to report knowledge to the police.
It is tragic and ironic that Specht was the director of “child protection” for the diocese. For many victims this only adds to the shared suffering and feeling of betrayal.
Read the whole story here:
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.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.