We Hope Church Officials Warn Parents
A Wisconsin Catholic monk, recently arrested twice and accused of trying to assault Chicago area girls, is now out of jail and living with family in Lansing IL. He's Brother Thomas Chmura.
This Catholic cleric is dangerous. He belongs in a remote, secure treatment center run by secular professionals, not Catholic amateurs. For the safety of kids, we implore his Wisconsin supervisors to put him far away from those he's hurt. And we hope that church officials will, at least in the short term, warn parents about exactly where he is so they can protect their kids.
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 12,000 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.
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.