UT--Victims back Utah white collar crime registry BUT. . .
For immediate release: Thursday, March 12
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, email@example.com)
Utah may create the nation’s first registry of white collar criminals. We applaud this move but urge lawmakers to also consider a registry of those convicted of failure to report suspected child sex crimes.
No one really know how to prevent adults from becoming sexual predators. So there’s no magic pill or therapy that can stop an adult from sexually violating a child. But we can stop that adult from assaulting dozens of kids, by making sure that his or her co-workers and supervisors call 911 the minute they think a child may be in danger.
And the way we can do that – the way to prompt more adults to report suspected child sex crimes – is by harshly and publicly punishing those who don’t act when kids are in harm’s way.
So we beg legislators to create such a registry – a list of adults who should have but didn’t report possible child sex crimes. Who should be punished more than individuals who put their own comfort, convenience and careers ahead of the safety of innocent kids?
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 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.
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