Victim wins crucial decision in pedophile priest case; SNAP responds
A Minnesota judge has ruled that a civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against a notorious predator priest (Fr. Thomas Adamson) and his Catholic supervisors (in the Twin Cities and Winona) can proceed.
We believe victims should have their day in court. We feel it's morally wrong for church officials to try to exploit archaic deadlines and legal technicalities to keep clergy sex crimes covered up.
Juries should be able to hear evidence about when and how victims are able to deal with their trauma. Victims should not be stopped from exposing predators, protecting kids and seeking justice by arbitrary time limits and self serving church officials who only want to protect their own reputations.
We commend this brave victim for persisting in his struggle to let the public know just how callous Catholic officials have been and can be regarding the safety of kids.
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Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
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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