WA--Victims urge Seattle archbishop to act in new sex case
For immediate release: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
A counselor at a Catholic agency has been arrested for allegedly abusing a teenager in the Seattle archdiocese.
Until recently Jamie Wright of Marysville worked for the Catholic Community Services Northwest Recovery Center in Burlington. This week, police caught her in a car with a boy. Though one news account said the two have been “in a relationship for months” we stress that this is alleged child sexual abuse.
It’s always wrong and hurtful when an adult has any sexual contact with a youngster, regardless of the ages or genders involved. It’s especially wrong and hurtful when the adult is in a position of authority over that youngster, like a counselor is.
We hope anyone that anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered any crimes by Wright or cover ups by her colleagues or supervisors will call police. We hope Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain uses his diocesan websites, parish bulletins and pulpit announcements to warn other about Wright and beg other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to call law enforcement.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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)
Sheriff: Drug counselor suspected of sexual relationship with teen boy
BY KOMO STAFF MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29TH 2016
COUPEVILLE, Wash. - A 33-year-old substance abuse counselor was arrested after she was caught allegedly making out with a 16-year-old boy in a parked car near the Deception Pass Bridge, authorities said.
An investigation later found evidence that the two had been involved in a sexual relationship for months, said Detective Ed Wallace of the Island County Sheriff's Office.
Wallace said the incident unfolded Feb. 21 when . . .
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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