Prosecutions Urged

By John Schultz
Kansas City Star [Kansas City MO]
July 21, 2004

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests called on local prosecutors Monday to consider pressing charges against priests accused of years-old sexual abuses.

A news conference on Monday was spurred by a recent Missouri appeals court ruling that allowed charges to stand against a Catholic priest accused of sodomizing a boy in the 1970s. The court ruled that the case could proceed because there was no statute of limitations on forced sodomy at the time.

On Monday, outside the Jackson County Courthouse, members of Kansas City group urged local prosecutors to use the ruling to bring charges in any applicable cases.

Also, the group appealed to any victims of priests to come forward.

"This abuse has been going on," said member Kay Goodnow. "We just want to warn people that it's still going on, that they need to pay attention to their children."


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