CA -- Victims Blast Politician for Defending Bill Cosby
Statement by Tim Lennon
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
San Francisco Local Leader
Politician Willie Brown should be ashamed of himself for rubbing salt into the wounds of tens of thousands of victims of sexual assault by publicly defending Bill Cosby despite at least 20 allegations of rape and child sexual abuse.
Want to know why many crime victims stay silent? Because of callous, insensitive, and thoughtless comments made by people like Willie Brown.
We have a simple choice: we can say and do things that help victims and expose predators or we can say and do things that help predators and intimidate victims. Former mayor Brown is irresponsibly choosing the latter.
We hope that Brown will publicly apologize for his hurtful remarks.
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 www.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.