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)
SNAP will be Representing Clergy Abuse Survivors in Rome!
We are taking the fight to Rome and are standing up for all survivors on a world stage! From February 19-25, Board President Tim Lennon, Seattle Leader Mary Dispenza, Los Angeles Leader Esther Hatfield Miller and Austin Leader Carol Midboe will be traveling to Rome for Pope Francis' Papal Abuse Summit.
If you are a member of the media and looking to get in touch with these survivors while in Rome, click here for our media advisory and contact information. If you are interested in connecting with a survivor in the US from your area of coverage, please contact one of the SNAP leaders in the US listed below:
- East Coast/DC: Becky Ianni (SNAPvirginia@cox.net, 703-801-6044)
- Midwest/Chicago: Zach Hiner (firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-974-9009)
- Midwest/St. Louis: David Clohessy (email@example.com, 314314-566-9790)
- West Coast / San Francisco: Melanie Sakoda (firstname.lastname@example.org, 925-708-6175)
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