Cap-Haitien, le 14 Octobre 2009
L'Affaire Douglas Perlitz risque de mettre à nu un réseau complexe d'activités pédophiles en Haïti qui utilise l'Eglise Catholique Haïtienne pour mieux cacher ses opérations.
Réseau Citadelle partage avec le public cette correspondance privée de Paul Kendrick, défenseur des enfants victimes des abus sexuels par des imposteurs qui utilisent la foi pour mieux attaquer leur proies. Depuis 2005, Kendrick et David Clohessy avait signalé cette possibilité aux autorités haïtiennes dont le Ministre Bernard Gousse.
A RESEAU CITADELLE nous avons été contactés par Kendrick en 2008. Il voulait prendre connaissance des informations dont nous disposions pour comparer et parfaire ses convictions sur la situation en Haïti. Dans la lettre que vous allez lire en anglais, Ron Voss, ancien prêtre catholique, l'un des pédophiles réside aux Bahamas. Perlitz se rendait souvent aux Bahamas. Il a pris refuge dans ce pays après les premières dénonciations de Cyrus Sibert -RESEAU CITADELLE.
Un réseau de pédophiles basé aux Etats-Unis et opérant dans la caraïbe, tel est l'adversaire auquel les enfants de rue de la ville du Cap-Haitien auront à faire face.
Nous comprenons mieux aujourd'hui le comportement de ces enquêteurs de CRS (Catholique Reliefs Service).
1 - Cap-Haitien : Des enfants de rue condamnés à l'exploitation sexuelle.
2 - Pétition en faveur des victimes de la pédophilie au Cap-Haitien.
Les enjeux sont de taille. Les menaces sont sérieuses. Que le ciel nous soit en aide.
La bataille continue !
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You would not believe the amount of resistance David Clohessy and I encountered when we first called attention to former Catholic priest, Ron Voss. Voss fled to Haiti in the mid-eighties when allegations of child sex abuse against him first surfaced.
By coincidence, it was Doug Perlitz who recommended I contact Voss. During my first trip to Haiti in April 2003, I was focused on establishing a partnership between my Cathedral parish in Maine and the Cathedral parish in Cap Haitian. When I met with Doug for lunch, he told me that Ron Voss was the contact person in Port au Prince for the Parish Twinning Program of the Americas.
At a later date, I sent an email to Doug and asked him if he had known that Voss was an admitted child molester. I received a one word response, "No."
Soon after we wrote this letter to the Minister of Justice, Voss fled Haiti for political reasons. He now resides in the Bahamas.
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press ReleaseGiving Voice to Victims
For Immediate Release:Friday, February 25, 2005
For more information:David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director 314 566-9790
Paul Kendrick of Portland Maine, VOTF 207 838-6985
Sex Abuse Victims Urge Haitian Government To Investigate Ex-Priest
He's Admitted Molesting "Many Boys" in US Former Cleric Questioned in Recent Massive Jail Break But Group Says Officials Should Also Look Into Possible Sex Crimes
A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is asking Haitian government officials to broaden their investigation of a former Catholic priest to include the possible sexual abuse of children. The ex-cleric was questioned earlier this week about his alleged involvement in a jailbreak of some 500 prisoners.
The defrocked Indiana priest, Ron Voss, admitted in 1997: "My sins are too numerous to detail, but the most grievous gather around the sexual abuse of many adolescent boys, including some minors."
Voss was interviewed earlier this week by Haitian Minister of Justice Bernard Gousse in connection with an escape last Saturday by inmates at a Port-au-Prince prison.
Voss has been director of Visitation House in Port-au-Prince for almost fifteen years.
Visitation House provides lodging for visitors to Haiti. It is often the base for volunteers from U.S. churches and other groups that work in Haiti's slums or interior. Voss constructed a soccer field behind Visitation House for use by area youth.
"Unsuspecting American tourists and Catholic volunteers have stayed with Voss for years,' said David Clohessy, SNAP's national director. "But we're equally concerned about the safety and welfare of especially vulnerable Haitian children that Voss might have sexually assaulted.'
In a letter to Haitian Minister of Justice Gousse, Clohessy and another activist urged that announcements about Voss' criminal behavior be made public and that any possible victims or witnesses are urged to come forward.
"What are the odds that an admitted serial child molester is magically cured of compulsive sexual urges simply because he moves overseas?" asked Paul Kendrick of Portland Maine. Kendrick, the founder of Maine Voice of the Faithful, has done volunteer work in Haiti. "We'd all love to believe such miracles happen. But that would be playing Russian roulette with the emotional, spiritual and physical safety of kids."
Both Clohessy and Kendrick stressed that they have no idea whether Voss was involved in the jailbreak.
"In fact, we strongly urge government officials to do as we do in America - assume Voss is innocent until proven guilty," said Clohessy. "Our request has nothing to do with Voss' political activities. We just want to make sure children are safe. If they have been hurt, we want them to get help."
A copy of the letter, sent today to Haitian officials via fax, is below:
February 25, 2005 M. Bernard GousseMinister of Justice and Public Safety9 Ave. Charles SumnerPort-au-Prince, Haitic/o Embassy of the Republic of Haiti - Washington, DCFax 202 745-7215
Dear Minister Gousse,
We urge you to begin an investigation into whether Haitian children may have been sexually abused by Ron Voss, Director of Visitation House in Port au Prince. Voss, a fomer Catholic priest, has admitted to sexually abusing "many adolescent boys including some minors" while working as a priest in Indiana.
Voss' move to Haiti resembles a pattern recently exposed by the Dallas Morning News. That newspaper documented how accused priests frequently move or are transferred overseas -- often to Third World countries where underfunded law enforcement may be less vigorous and children in poverty may be more vulnerable.
We urge you to publicize Voss' history of child abuse. Please publicly urge anyone who has experienced sexual abuse by Voss to report the crimes to public authorities. Please urge anyone who has witnessed or suspected that Voss has abused children to report this to police and prosecutors immediately.
In many Haitian families, there is only one parent. There is little or no work. Thousands upon thousands of children roam the streets. It is estimated that up to 10% of Haitian children are sold into slavery. Educational, cultural and financial gaps are even more pronounced in Haiti, which make abuse more likely and makes detecting and punishing offenders less likely.
Voss currently serves as the Director of the Parish Twinning Program of the Americas' (PTPA) Visitation House in Port au Prince. He is a former Vice-President of PTPA's Board of Directors. Visitation House is a place where hundreds of Catholic parishioners have stayed when they pass through or work in Port au Prince.
In Haiti, Voss has the same access to children as anyone else. In fact, he is seen by some as a local hero of sorts. However, in a 1997 interview conducted by The Indianapolis Star, Dr. Frederick Berlin of the Johns Hopkins National Institute for the Study, Prevention, and Treatment of Sexual Trauma stated that a man with Voss' history should "not be somewhere else where vulnerable youngsters can be victimized by him. Kids are just as important in Haiti as they are in a hometown of Indiana."
Co-founder, Maine Voice of the FaithfulPortland, Maine(207) 838-1319 David ClohessyNational Director, SNAPSurvivors Network of those Abused by PriestsSt. Louis MO 63143314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915