TX-- Former priest on trial for murder
For immediate release Monday, November 27
We hope the trial of former priest John Feit for the 1960 murder of Irene Garza will bring peace to her family. We also hope that the outcome is just for all parties.
Now more than ever it is imperative that victims, witnesses and whistleblowers step forward and work with law enforcement. For too long, justice has been delayed in the Garza case. Justice delayed is justice denied.
We in SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, have followed this case closely for decades. As survivors of sexual abuse and experts in the continued cover-up of sexual abuse by institutions such as the Catholic Church, we know that this case will seem convoluted and that parts of it may discourage other victims from coming forward to talk about abuse. We want to make it clear that it is always safe to talk about abuse and cover-up, no matter the abuser.
(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 members. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Executive Director (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Joelle Casteix 949-322-7434, firstname.lastname@example.org or Melanie Sakoda 925-708-6175 email@example.com, Tim Lennon 415 312 5820 tlennon@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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