TN- Abuse victims mourn Seigenthaler's passing
For immediate release: Monday, July 14, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com) Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
We in SNAP join hundreds of thousands of Americans in mourning the passing of a real hero, John Seigenthaler of Nashville. He quietly helped our group for years.
His most noteworthy achievements were in journalism and government, especially his courage during the civil rights movement. But behind-the-scenes, he was in touch with our organization’s leadership, both locally and nationally.
He was justifiably outraged by how Catholic officials acted – and still act – irresponsibly in child sex cases. And he listened patiently when we described our plight to him while also offering us helpful advice and information.
He will be sorely missed.
(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 25 years 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.
Note to Letter Writers
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