Abuse victims blast Syracuse DA & Fine's defense lawyers
Child sex abuse victims are, by definition, children. So they can sometimes get details wrong, especially about time and place. It’s premature and hurtful for anyone to assume that Bernie Fine's defense lawyers are right when they claim to have found exculpatory evidence.
It’s an extraordinary stretch to claim that a supposed discrepancy on a date somehow means that a child sex abuse victim has allegedly ‘fabricated’ his or her charges.
And it's clear that since the first two Fine victims have no legal recourse, Fine's lawyers are mounting a full-fledged attack on Fine's third victim.We’re disappointed with the remarks by Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick about Syracuse’s chancellor and head coach. Years ago, some people jumped to assume that Bernie Fine was completely innocent. We want to avoid that same mistake with Coach Boeheim and Chancellor Cantor. Like everyone else, Fitzpatrick should withhold judgment on these two individuals until more of the facts are in. And like our group, Fitzpatrick – as a law enforcement professional – should be blasting Boeheim for his repeatedly hurtful and intimidating public comments that make it tougher for child sex abuse victims to speak up.
Read the story here: http://www.courant.com/sports/college/hc-syracuse-bernie-fine-1207-20111207,0,6509829.story
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.