WI- Clergy sexual abuse survivor is honored, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Monday, October 13, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, firstname.lastname@example.org)
A courageous, compassionate and persistent clergy sex abuse victim who helped warn parents and the public about a serial child molesting Catholic cleric is being honored this weekend. He richly deserves it.
He is Arthur Budzinski, a deaf man who helped expose Fr. Lawrence Murphy, a now-deceased predator priest who assaulted dozens and dozens of children for decades.
Arthur is, plainly and simply, an absolute hero. Long before almost anyone publicly discussed clergy sexual abuse and cover ups, Arthur was leafleting to alert families about a dangerous priest. We are overjoyed at the recognition he's receiving and hope that his bravery will inspire others who are in pain to break their silence, get help, 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 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)
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
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