CA--Group urges CA lawmakers to prevent “victim-blaming” in child abuse cases
For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 2
Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, email@example.com)
We are grateful that California legislators are trying to fix flaws in state statutes that enable defendants in abuse cases to blame children for their own suffering.
We’re appalled by the tactics used by LAUSD lawyers to hurt victims that sue child molesting teachers. Kids of any age are never at fault when they are sexually assaulted or exploited by adults. Shame on the district and its lawyers for suggesting otherwise.
We hope lawmakers will remedy this injustice quickly and decisively. We also hope they’ll fix an even more pressing problem: California’s archaic, predator-friendly statutes of limitations that prevent most child sex abuse victims from protecting kids and deterring cover ups through the justice system.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have 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.
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.