We fully support the call by One in Four for a full statutory inquiry to be launched into charges that former Dublin Aarchbishop John Charles McQuaid may have molested two children.
We wholeheartedly endorse efforts to reform Georgia's arbitrary, predator-friendly statute of limitations. This archaic deadline protects predators, not kids. It makes it virtually impossible for deeply wounded victims of horrific child sex crimes to expose child molesters in court. And it gives wrongdoers - predators and those who shield predators - incentive to destroy evidence, intimidate victims, threaten witnesses, discredit whistleblowers and "run out the clock" on heinous crimes.
It is unsurprising that the Diocese of Bridgeport is distancing themselves from Fr. Jean Marie DeGraff now that he has been arrested in Canada. After all, that’s exactly what they did when he was accused of abusing a child when he was an extern priest there in 2008. It is also extremely troubling that both the Department of Children and Families and the Diocese of Bridgeport washed their hands of this priest after their investigation in 2008, because that effectively allowed him to remain free and commit the crimes he is being arrested for today.
Child sex abuse victims are, by definition, children. So they can sometimes get details wrong, especially about time and place. It’s premature and hurtful for anyone to assume that Bernie Fine's defense lawyers are right when they claim to have found exculpatory evidence.
With every new Sandusky victim that steps forward, his former colleagues and supervisors seem more and more irresponsible. Every new victim makes it less and less likely that only a few around Sandusky knew or suspected his wrongdoing. Every new victim suggests that more individuals at Penn State and the Second Mile are culpable.
Situations like these are exactly why the archaic, predator friendly statutes of limitations need to be changed. When the DA himself must apologize to victims, knowing they are unable to hold them accountable for their crimes, lawmakers everywhere should be looking for ways to resolve the problem. We hope that the DA will join us in our call for statute of limitations reform, and we urge the NY Legislature to take up this important task.
Dear Archbishop Dolan;
We are clergy sex abuse victims and supporters. We belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Our mission is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.
We are saddened that the Fort Wayne – South Bend Diocese did not disclose all the information they had regarding Fr. Thomas Lombardi’s crimes when they announced his removal. In an effort to live up to their pledge to be open and honest about clergy sex cases, the Diocese should have revealed when and where the abuse took place.
Whatever became of all those promises by Catholic officials to be 'open' about pedophile priests? And that 'one strike and you're out' pledge?
We’re very upset by reports that the Maricopa County sheriff has failed to follow through on child sex abuse reports and investigations. Every single man, woman and child who finds the courage to call law enforcement about a known or suspected child predator deserves a prompt and thorough response from officials.