VT- Catholic sex abuse costs revealed, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Monday, June 2, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
The Catholic Church in Vermont has allegedly paid 30 million dollars for their on-going child sexual abuse and cover up scandal.
We are glad that Vermont citizens and Catholics have a clearer idea about how much their still-secretive Catholic officials have spent so far on clergy sex abuse cases. The real figure we suspect is much, much higher, because of numerous secret settlements and gag orders. And of course, this crisis is ongoing.
Victims often come forward decades after their abuse occurred, suffering in silence and self-blame. It is never too late to come forward, report what you know and start healing.
We urge everyone who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups in Vermont to speak up, call police, protect kids, expose predators and start healing.
(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 15,000 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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