Aus- Terms of Reference released, SNAP responds
Survivors who were concerned about the potential for Commissioners having a conflict of interest or lack of impartiality can be reassured that the large contingent of commissioners chosen appears to be as appropriate as possible for the purpose of getting to the truth.
The delay in the formal release of the Terms of Reference is a minor concern. We keep our fingers crossed that there is adequate powers to subpoena documents and compel witnesses to attend hearings where there is evidence of systemic cover-up by institutions.
Of more concern is the lack of focus on the instigation of evidence of institutional cover-ups. That's where this commission can make a huge impact - exposing and deterring officials who ignore or conceal child sex crimes.
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.