CA--Victims abhor California prison deaths
For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 16
It’s disturbing to read that more sex offenders are killed in California prisons. Violence and vigilantism are always wrong. No one should ever take justice into his or her own hands.
The safety of anyone in state custody should be guaranteed, whether she’s a battered child or he’s a convicted offender.
Some defense lawyers will use these troubling numbers to try to keep their child molesting colleagues out of prison. We hope they fail. Judge and juries must remember that the safety of innocent kids must always come first. And kids are safer when child molesters are locked up.
(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.