For immediate release: June 6, 2012
Contact: Joelle Casteix (949) 322-7434, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are in the Sacramento area, I hope you can join us. I think that Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto has said, “Report abuse to the Diocese,” so many times, that he thinks it’s the right thing to do. (P.S. Even the Pope says to call the cops first)=
NEWS EVENT: Victims say Sacramento bishop hinders prosecution
He won’t disclose report of predator’s confession
Such secrecy keeps other victims silent, group says
It urges Sacramento prelate to attend court hearing on Friday
SNAP to Soto: “Teach your flock how to back cleric without hurting victims”
“Stop telling victims to report to the church, tell them to call cops instead,” they say
What: Holding signs and childhood photos, child sex abuse victims and their supporters will try to hand-deliver a letter to Sacramento’s Catholic bishop urging him to:
attend Friday’s hearing for an accused pedophile priest,
make public a church staffer’s report of that priest’s admission of the crime, and
insist that his flock quietly support accused clerics and stop scaring their accusers.
The group will also blast the bishop for continuing to ask victims to report crimes to church officials instead of law enforcement.
When: Thursday, June 7 at 12:45 pm
Where: Outside of the Sacramento Diocese headquarters, 2110 Broadway (at 19th) in Sacramento
Who: Two-to-three victims of child sex abuse who are members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, including a California woman who is the group’s Western Regional Director.
Why: Fr. Uriel Ojeda, a Redding-area priest, was arrested in December. He faces criminal charges of sexually abusing a child under 14 and will be in court on Friday for his preliminary hearing.
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