As Hollywood Abuse Scandal Grows, Clergy Victims Offer Support, Healing, Network
Sexual abuse and harassment thrive when powerful institutions use fear, money, shame, fame, or religion to silence innocent victims.
Hundreds of brave victims coming forward in Hollywood have been silenced and shamed for decades, just like we were as children. We were all silenced out of fear— that, perhaps, we had done something to deserve the assault, the harassment, or the abuse.
The fight of Hollywood's victims and their healing is far from over. We also fear that the scandal has only just begun and that many more victims will come forward, needing help.
For the past 25 years, SNAP, the Survivors Network, has dedicated and expanded our mission to helping anyone who was sexually abused, harassed or assaulted in any institutional system that continued to revictimize them. We understand how men like Harvey Weinstein used powerful attorneys to silence his victims and shame them out of the industry. We know why women were forced to worked with him for decades after he forced himself on them.
We know what it feels like when people say, "Why did you keep going back?" "Why didn't you call the cops?" "Why didn't you report?" "Why did everyone keep the secret."
And we can help victims begin the healing. We get it.
We have support groups meetings monthly and members throughout Southern California. Our members have been abused in all kinds of institutions and come from all kinds of backgrounds. You can find a home.
(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.