CA--Victims appalled by child rapist’s light sentence
For immediate release May 27, 2018
Statement by: Melanie Jula Sakoda, Volunteer East Bay Leader for SNAP, the Survivors Network, 925-708-6175, firstname.lastname@example.org
A convicted California child rapist has been sentenced to just 90 days of house arrest and five years of probation. According to the news report, Lyle Burgess will not even be required to register as a sex offender.
We are deeply disturbed by this all too lenient sentence. A child has been given a life sentence. Other children may well be at risk by the decision to forgo sex offender registration. We call on the court and prosecutors to explain publicly why a man who raped a five year old girl has received punishment more appropriate for a purse snatcher than a child molester.
This, like the light sentence awarded to rapist Brock Turner by Judge Aaron Persky, shows the need to educate those who are part of the legal system on the long term effects of sexual assault. These heinous crimes deserve consistent, appropriate sentencing.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, 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 25,000 supporters. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175, email@example.com), Tim Lennon (415-312-5820,tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org); Becky Ianni (703-801-6044,firstname.lastname@example.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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