Maryland Clergy Abuse Survivors Frustrated with Attorney General
Posted on: September 20, 2022 Catholic Church Sexual Abuse
Three years after Maryland’s Attorney General, Brian Frosh, announced he was beginning an investigation into Catholic Church clergy sex abuse, survivors are still waiting to see results.
In a two-year period, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro was able to compile an extensive grand jury report regarding clergy sex abuse in that state. Over 500,000 pages of internal diocesan documents were reviewed and over 300 credible allegations of abuse by Catholic priests were found. Victims of clergy sex abuse in Maryland were hoping they would see similar results from Frosh’s investigation. Instead, they have become frustrated by what they see as “foot-dragging” by his office as a much-promised report regarding the investigation has yet to arrive.
Members of the Maryland chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), an organization of sex abuse victims and victim advocates, held a press conference in front of Frosh’s office to complain about the slow progress of the clergy sex abuse investigation. David Lorenz, the group’s leader, said their efforts to get any information regarding the investigation have been futile. It’s been so long since some members have heard from investigators that they’ve sent emails asking if they’re still working on the investigation.
A spokeswoman for Frosh’s office said they don’t comment on ongoing investigations and declined to give any further details. To make matters more complicated, Frosh is set to retire in January and his lead investigator in this matter is also said to be moving into her own political position. There’s been no announcement on whether or not the investigation will continue when the new Attorney General takes office.
Wisconsin clergy sex abuse survivors can certainly empathize with Maryland survivors. There, survivors are also frustrated with an attorney general who made promises to them that he has yet to deliver on, leaving clergy sex abuse survivors in that state feeling “retraumatized.”
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