What to Do First

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. 

https://www.snapnetwork.org/

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP, the largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious and institutional authorities (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns, coaches, teachers, and others).

HOW TO REPORT ABUSE 

If you suffered abuse, it was not your fault. If you are a victim of sexual abuse by a priest, deacon, or individual representing the Catholic Church, there are several things you can do:  YES

  • Contact the appropriate law enforcement agency, which can help determine options for making a criminal complaint. https://www.snapnetwork.org/ag_investigation_hotlines
  • Contact a local child protection agency, a private attorney, a support group, an abuse hotline, or a mental health professional.
  • If you believe someone is in imminent danger or this is a situation of current abuse involving a minor please call 911.

If you are a victim of sexual abuse by a priest, deacon, or individual representing thego Catholic Church, there are several things you should NOT do:  NO

Do NOT Contact a diocesan or eparchial victim association. These folks will create a report, send the report to the Bishop. The Bishop will determine imputability. The Bishop will not send any information to law enforcement.

50 State AGs Call for Grand Jury

Write a letter to the attorney general of your state. Demand, request, and beg them to impanel a grand jury.

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