CA--Group praises LAPD & urges Cosby victims to “act now”
For immediate release: Tuesday, July 7
We’re thrilled that the Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed it is investigating Bill Cosby, and we beg anyone who may have seen, suffered his crimes to come forward ASAP.
It’s wrong to feel that what you know about Cosby is too small or old or insignificant to share with police. The authorities can make that determination, not you. Your duty – both moral and civic – is to share what saw, heard or suspected about Cosby with the independent, unbiased and experienced professionals in law enforcement so that the innocent can be protected, the wounded can be validated and the truth can be exposed.
We’re also grateful to the Bounce Network for yanking Cosby reruns. We’re grateful every time an individual or institutions distances themselves from a credibly accused rapist.
We urge others who have backed Cosby to now take tangible steps to support his victims and to deter future sex crimes and cover ups.
Finally, we hope that, if elected, Montgomery County prosecutor candidate Bruce Castor honors his pledge to review the unsealed court documents to see if Cosby committed perjury.
(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)
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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