AR--Group urges more Duggar victims to step forward
For immediate release: Wednesday, July 1
We applaud the brave victim who may soon sue Josh Duggar for the abuse he inflicted on her as a child. The best way to deter child sex crimes and cover ups is often to take legal action against those who commit or conceal them.
We are grateful for state laws that let victims expose predators and protect kids by taking legal action long after the actual crimes took place. The sad truth is that it almost always takes traumatized kids years – if not decades – to recognize that they’ve been abused, that the harm is severe, that the effects are on-going and that the perpetrator is likely still molesting. Then, the victims often need years to gain the strength and courage it takes to turn to the courts.
If we truly care about kids, we must welcome and support any child sex abuse victim, by any predator, whenever he or she is able to step forward.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
DUGGARS FACING LAWSUIT FROM NONFAMILY MOLESTATION VICTIM
July 1, 2015 10:24AM | by In Touch Weekly
A non-Duggar family molestation victim is preparing to file a civil suit against Josh Duggar, sources tell In Touch magazine exclusively in the new issue on newsstands today.
The shocking development means that Josh and his parents Jim Bob and Michelle could be forced to give depositions and testify about Josh’s molestation scandal. The Duggars likely will have to answer every question as they will not be able to invoke . . .
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.
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