June 26, 2006 at 14:52:21
Clergy Sexual Abuse; Request for Immediate Government Intervention - Administration of Justice
by Debby Bodkin
June 26, 2006
Via Facsimile & U.S. Mail
(Confirmations Available Upon Request)
President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington DC 20500
Fax: (202) 456-2461
Representative J. Dennis Hastert
U.S. Congress, Speaker
27 N. River Street
Batavia, Illinois 60510
Fax: (630) 406-1808
Senator Ted Stevens
U.S. Senate, President Pro Tem
222 W. 7th Avenue, #2
Anchorage, Alaska 99513
Fax: (907) 258-9305
Representative John A. Boehner
U.S. Congress, Majority Leader
7969 Cincinatti-Dayton Road, Suite B
West Chester, OH 45069
Fax: (513) 779-5315
Senator Bill Frist
U.S. Senate, Majority Leader
28 White Bridge Road, #211
Nashville, TN 37205
Fax: (615) 352-9411
(POSTED ON WEBSITE- Mailed not Faxed)
Representative Nancy Pelosi
U.S. Congress, Minority Leader
450 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA
Fax: (415) 861-1670
Senator Harry Reid
U.S. Senate, Minority Leader
333 Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Fax: (702) 388-5030
The Select Committee on Ethics
220 Hart Building
Washington, DC 20510
Fax: (202) 224-7416
Re: Request for Immediate Government Intervention, Protections of Children, Adults, Due Process, and Administration of Justice Guaranteed All Americans
Dear Honorable Elected Government Leaders:
As a Catholic wife, mother and concerned American, this letter is sent with the hope that as elected government leaders, you will investigate research and recommend IMMEDIATE federal and/or state government intervention in matters relating to the clergy sex abuse crisis that erupted in the United States in 2002.
The passage of California's SB 1779, also known as California's 2003 Sex Abuse Law, resulted in the filing of hundreds of civil lawsuits by survivors of clergy sex abuse crimes in California courts. The passage of the legislation also included a retroactive filing window for past crimes relating to the sex abuse of children, committed by employees of religious institutions. California's 2003 Sex Abuse Law, like many other landmark government decisions in our country's history, not only returned the administration of justice to hundreds of victims of past sex abuse crimes but today, provides public records that reveal the violations of the privileges relating to freedom of religion in the U.S. Freedom of religion never allowed sex abuse crimes by employees, failures to report sex abuse crimes and/or abusing our country's court system to gain tactical advantage or chill public participation in matters of public safety.
If corrective action is not addressed by elected government officials, with the authority and resources to take immediate corrective action, matters relating to the protections of children and adults will be placed in "limbo", sitting in courts nationwide, awaiting judicial determinations. During these delays, the protections of children, adults, families and mandated reporters will be placed at risk. This is a matter of public safety and corrective action will serve the interests of the general public.
Traditional civil rights include those rights that are secured to individuals and are basic to the U.S. system of government. They include the right to vote and the right to equal treatment, without discrimination on the basis of race, religion or national origin, in such areas as education, housing, employment, public accommodations and the administration of justice. Men who abuse minors are called "Slayers of the Soul". To abuse or neglect a child, or to deprive a child of a separate identity and joy in life, is to commit soul murder. (Soul Murder, Yale University Press, 1989).
In the event you need an opportunity to better understand the serious public safety issues addressed in this letter, it is respectfully requested that President Bush, his advisors, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives immediately view the documentary film, Deliver Us From Evil, released at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Saturday, June 24, 2006. As a supporter in the Survivors of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), my family and I had an opportunity to view the film last Saturday. It was disheartening to learn that President Bush had granted immunity to the Vatican and Pope Benedict in matters relating to the clergy sex abuse crisis in the U.S.
As government leaders, it is urgent that no rock goes unturned in matters relating to the clergy sex abuse crisis, protections of children, vulnerable adults, their families and the administration of justice guaranteed to all Americans. In the event the contact information obtained from the government website to transmit this correspondence is incorrect, please forward this correspondence to the appropriate government representative. Best regards.
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As an amateur writer, my passion for the courage of clergy sex abuse victims has changed my life direction in many ways. We must never forget that our country's freedom of religion does not include sex abuse crimes, cover-ups and failures to report sex abuse to law enforcement. Your input is important and valued -- please listen to the personal stories of clergy sex abuse survivors - write to your state legislators and Church leaders expressing your views and concerns. May God Bless you always.
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