CA--Roman Polanski Should Face U.S. Justice For 1977 Rape, Los Angeles DA Says: Victims respond
For immediate release, March 2, 2017
In 1977, Roman Polanski was arrested on charges of drugging a raping a 13-year-old girl when he was 44. In 1978, he took a plea bargain to avoid a lengthy jail sentence. Soon after, he fled the country. Since then, members of the Hollywood elite have defended his actions by blaming the victim, calling her names, and praising Polanski’s “artistry” as a director.
But the fact remains: he pled guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a child—a child who should have been memorizing vocabulary words in middle school, not recovering from rape and character assassination by a powerful middle-aged millionaire.
We encourage the district attorney to use all means at their disposal to hold Polanski accountable to the people and the law.
Mr. Polanski has no moral authority in this situation. If he prefers to hide from the consequences of his actions, then he should do so quietly. We urge his defenders to remain quiet as well, out of respect for all victims of child sexual abuse.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. 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 in all institutional settings, including churches, schools, clubs, and homes. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)Contact – Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, firstname.lastname@example.org), Mary Ellen Kruger (314-962-0964, email@example.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003, bdorris@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.