Fr. Urbano Vazquez Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison
A priest who had been convicted of abusing at least two young girls in Washington D.C. has been found sentenced to 15 years in prison. We are grateful for this sentence and hope that it brings some measure of closure and healing to the victims in this case.
The bravery and courage of these young survivors ensured that there is now one less child abuser in D.C. area parishes. We applaud them and their families for their strength during this ordeal and hope that they can move forward and heal.
It is rare for abusers to face criminal consequences, so we hope that this case encourages and inspires others who may have been sexually abused to find their own courage to come forward and make a report to law enforcement.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)