UK - SNAP applauds “broad investigation” into Diocese of Chicester
This investigation is a huge step in the right direction. Too often, those with positions of authority within the church are able to avoid punishment for their crimes. We are grateful to police and prosecutors for their years-long effort to investigate these crimes and to apprehend those responsible.
It is rare for church officials in authority positions (like Bishop Peter Ball) to be arrested, so the fact that he has been shows us that secular officials are taking these crimes very seriously.
According to The Guardian, three more sex abuse cases against the Diocese of Chicester are set to be heard in the coming months. Now, more than ever, those who may have seen or suspected crimes within this diocese must come forward and make a report to police. A seemingly small bit of information may turn out to be the difference in any one of these cases.
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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