Alabama sends strong message to victims
For immediate release, Wednesday, December 13, 2017
We applaud the wisdom and the courage of the people in Alabama for sending such a strong message to any child being sexually abused. If you are or have been sexually assaulted and find the courage to step forward, you will be believed, and we will help you. Children everywhere need to know that help is available, and the adults will step in to protect them. We hope others will follow their amazing example.
For children to be safe we need the whole community to be involved and make decisions based on what will make it easier for a child to step forward and report abuse.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 members. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
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.