CROSS INTERNATIONAL AND FREE THE KIDS (PWOJE ESPWA) 'WHITEWASH" INCIDENT OF INAPPROPRIATE TOUCHING OF NAKED 11 YEAR OLD BOY.From: Paul Kendrick <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: August 31, 2011 6:31:44 PM EDT
To: Jim Cavnar <JCavnar@crossinternational.org>
Subject: Re: Our Conclusions about Your Allegation
You can't be serious in providing me and other advocates with such an undocumented and unsubstantiated statement.and expect that we will just walk away and be satisfied with your response.Your incomplete and evasive report raises more questions.First, who is the "attorney" who conducted the "investigation?"And, why are you the one reporting this information?Let's start with a written report from Pwoje Espwa's board of directors.Jim, I've been involved in advocating for child sex abuse victims for 11 years and the report you are sending me is as flimsy and unacceptable as I have ever seen.Again, what is the name of the "attorney" who supposedly conducted this "investigation?"Paul
______On Aug 31, 2011, at 6:09 PM, Jim Cavnar <JCavnar@crossinternational.org> wrote:
We recently had a lengthy and detailed conversation with the attorney who investigated your allegation of sexual abuse against Brother Anthony Campbell. He conducted a thorough investigation on site and within a few days of your allegation. His conclusion was that the allegation was without substance. We were fully satisfied with his report and accept his conclusion.
As I previously explained, we are developing policies on child protection for our ministry and for all organizations we support. We have not finalized our policies yet but are having them reviewed by attorneys with expertise in the area before formally adopting them. In the course of discussing this with Espwa in Haiti we were gratified to learn of the child protection policies for staff and volunteers which they already had been following and of the strengthening of those policies which is now underway.
I believe that while nothing harmful happened in this incident we will both emerge with much better policies and procedures for preventing harm to children as well as for dealing quickly and properly with all concerns or allegations.
God bless you.
President, Cross International Catholic Outreach, Inc.