AZ- Victims support Attorney General
For immediate release: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
We hope a judge looks quickly but seriously at the request to disband the police department in Warren Jeffs' bizarre sect on the border between Arizona and Utah.
The only thing worse than no police at all is corrupt or complicit police. We strongly suspect that the Arizona Attorney General is right to push for this reform.
Those in law enforcement must not only be above reproach. They should also avoid the appearance of bias. Our strong belief – given how insular and insidious Jeffs and his backers are – is that this so-called police department is in fact dreadfully discriminatory and influenced by this unhealthy cult.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 18,000 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)
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.
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.