CA--Victims urge Cosby fans to donate to rape prevention
For immediate release: Saturday, Feb. 22
The cancellation of Bill Cosby’s June event in Santa Rosa can lead to something good. We urge every single person who bought a ticket to donate the cost to groups that help prevent rape.
That’s the least they can do to avoid heaping more pain on already-wounded rape victims. That’s the least they can do to show a modicum of sensitivity to the hundreds of thousands who have been raped by men like Cosby – popular and powerful but shrewd and sick men who usually evade detection and punishment.
Specifically, we urge them to multiply the cost of their ticket by 33 and contribute that amount to non-profits that help stop sex crimes. (At least 33 women have so far accused Cosby of assaulting them.)
We hope more clarity will emerge about what led to the cancellation. But even more, we hope those who spent money that would have benefited a credibly accused serial rapist will redirect their funds in positive direction. It’s never too late to reverse course and back rape prevention instead of a rapist.
(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)
Contact - David Clohessy 314-566-9790, firstname.lastname@example.org, Barbara Dorris 314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org, Barbara Blaine 312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org, Tim Lennon of San Francisco, Bay Area Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (415-312-5820, email@example.com)
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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