Archive | June 2012

california vs william lynch: a reblog

Most days, after hearing story after story about sexual abuse of innocent children by those who had authority over them, I am heartsick.   Nothing, however, angers me more than when I hear that a pastor or a priest has molested a child.   This is a person who is, literally, representing God to the child.  There is no hell hot enough.

I was asked by a reader to please re-blog this for her.   I am only too glad to do so:

If you follow the news, you may have heard of the William Lynch trial currently being held in San Jose. Will Lynch is accused of assaulting Jerold Lindner, a pedophile priest who molested Will,  his younger brother, and many more children including his own sister, nieces and nephew. Lindner has never been prosecuted for any of those crimes. Instead, he has been protected by the Catholic Church, who repeatedly placed him in positions with access to children, and by the impractical statutes of limitation which would have required Will to come forward by the time he was 13 years old.

Lindner is currently living at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California,  a “retirement “center which has earned the dubious nickname “Rapist Resort” due to the number of alleged molesters living there. According to reports, he is allowed to come and go as he pleases.

Will is being charged with felony assault and elder abuse and faces 4 years in jail if convicted.  Prosecutor Vicki Gemetti and Judge David Cena appear to want to make an example of out Will. Jerold Lindner was able to take the stand, identify Will as his assailant and deny the molestation of Will and his brother, something Gemetti herself acknowledged as a lie. He then was allowed by Judge Cena to invoke his Fifth Amendment privileges against self-incrimination on the advice of his attorney, even though the statute of limitations has long since passed on every one of his known crimes.  The jury, without being told why, was told to ignore the testimony WHICH THEY HAVE ALREADY HEARD. Will’s attorneys will not be able to cross examine him, thereby denying Will the right to face his accuser. In addition, the judge ruled that the defense could not call Lindner’s other victims as rebuttal witnesses and rejected valid motions for mistrial from the defense.

Will has chosen to risk his freedom and go to trial to expose Father Lindner and the actions of the Catholic Church in protecting him. He is hoping by finally getting Lindner in a court of law, even if he is the one on trial, that he can find healing for himself and Lindner’s other victims.

If you are in the Bay Area or know people who are, please show your support for Will by attending the trial tomorrow,  Friday, June 29, likely to be the last day of testimony You can learn more about his case, the history of Father Lindner and donate to his legal fund by going to http://www.facebook.com/williamlynchlegaldefensefund or http://www.williamlynchdefensefund.com/. Thank you.

Carolyn Neal

Chicago, Illinois

Survivor & Will Lynch Supporter

help bring a bully to justice

My Aussie friend, Barbara Roberts, an advocate against domestic violence in her own country, has made me aware of the beginning of a small movement calling for a national hero to be held to account.

Grant Hackett is a 32 year old Australian former swimmer most famous for winning the men’s 1500 metres freestyle race at both the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. in his native Australia.  A shining star.  He’s also a domestic violence offender.

There hasn’t been a conviction …. yet.   It wouldn’t look good for the country at the moment, as this national treasure has been asked to be on the panel of commentators for Australia and the London Olympics.   Nope, wouldn’t look good at all.

60 minutes produced an interview where Hackett minimized the truth.

His wife knows the truth.   As quoted from the petition page:

“Hackett trashed his family’s exclusive apartment last October in a violent rampage.
“I just continued to push over furniture and make a mess,” he said.
He could scarcely deny the rampage, since the photos of the trashed apartment were published in the press.
It is reported that he admitted to targeting his wife Candice Alley‘s most prized possessions during the rampage, during which she called the police.  Candice is a professional musician; the photos of the wrecked apartment show an up-ended grand piano.”

“Hackett has not yet admitted to or been proven guilty of anything more – any assault to his wife or exposing their two children to domestic violence.  He denied reports he hit his wife or was carrying one of his young twin children during his outburst.
After the rampage, his wife made a statement to the police. It has been reported that she told police that Hackett threw her across the room “like a rag doll”. It has also been reported that he pushed / threw her against a window.
Hackett is a very big man. His wife is tiny by comparison.”

Those who work with victims of domestic violence understand only too well the manipulative half-truths that come out of the mouths of offenders.   It took enormous courage for Hackett’s wife to go forward to the police.   We need to give her international support, and have this narcissistic man face the consequences due to him.

Please sign the petition.   It is just beginning, so you CAN make a huge difference.   Pass it on to your friends!

another one for the good guys …

79 teenagers, all U.S. citizens between the ages of 13-17  who had been kidnapped and forced into prostitution by sexual trafficking rings all over the United States, are now in safe hands.   Thank God.  Thanks to the FBI, sting operations in 57 U.S. cities rescued these children from hotels, truck stops and store-fronts in a three-day sweep.  One of the victims reported being held since the age of 11.

Sexual trafficking happens everywhere, including Ohio … Toledo was one of the cities in the sweep.   According to a workshop I attended a few weeks ago, Toledo is one of the top cities involved in this horrendous human slavery business.

For the whole story, see this resource from the Chicago Tribune.