VT- Pedophile priest trial to start; SNAP responds
Almost every single clergy sex abuse and cover up trial surfaces more damning information about the complicity of top church officials. So we are grateful this brave victim is seeking justice in court. We hope that Vermont citizens will pay close attention to the proceedings and that Vermont Catholics will ask tough questions of their church hierarchy.
Many would like to believe that this crisis is over. It’s not. Church staffers still often ignore, minimize and conceal child sex crimes by clergy. Well-meaning church employees still often report suspicions to bishops and priests, not to police and prosecutors. And known or potential child molesting clerics are still quietly shuffled around (see story today in Philadelphia Inquirer).
So it’s crucial, if kids are to be safer and if victims are to be healed, that people should speak up with any knowledge or suspicions of clergy sex crimes and cover ups. Silence helps perpetuate wrongdoing. But stepping forward helps protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.
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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.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.