136 online
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 20 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEd News:
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Clergy Sexual Abuse; Request for Immediate Government Intervention - Administration of Justice

By       (Page 1 of 2 pages)   No comments
Message Debby Bodkin
Become a Fan
  (1 fan)
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
District Office
27 N. River Street
Batavia, Illinois 60510
Fax: (630) 406-1808

Senator Ted Stevens
U.S. Senate, President Pro Tem
District Office
222 W. 7th Avenue, #2
Anchorage, Alaska 99513
Fax: (907) 258-9305

Representative John A. Boehner
U.S. Congress, Majority Leader
District Office
7969 Cincinatti-Dayton Road, Suite B
West Chester, OH 45069
Fax: (513) 779-5315

Senator Bill Frist
U.S. Senate, Majority Leader
District Office
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
District Office
450 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA
Fax: (415) 861-1670

Senator Harry Reid
U.S. Senate, Minority Leader
District Office
333 Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Fax: (702) 388-5030

The Select Committee on Ethics
U.S. Senate
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).

Next Page  1  |  2

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

Rate It | View Ratings

Debby Bodkin Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

As an amateur writer, mother, wife and legal secretary for the past 25 years, my passion for the courage of clergy sex abuse victims, their families and mandated reporters, who made a choice to protect children, before their own career security and (more...)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder -- PLEASE PROTECT OUR CHILDREN!

Is the Vatican A Safe Haven? Thank You President Bush!

Patterns of Political ENABLERS Are Set in Stone!


Clergy Sex Abuse Scandals & Modern Day Hate Crimes

False Claims Act -- Are You a Victim Too?

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend