CA -- We Said Enough allegations shake up California capitol
For immediate release Wednesday, November 29
Women in Sacramento are speaking up about sexual harassment and assault in state government, and demanding more effective ways of reporting than the old “whisper network.”
We here at SNAP applaud the 150 lobbyists, Capitol staff members, political consultants and others who last month denounced a “pervasive” culture of sexual harassment in California politics in an open letter. We also commend the We Said Enough group and those who support them for their efforts to insure that the old “whisper network” is replaced with independent reporting channels that provide protections for the victims and consequences for the offenders.
Our experiences with the abuse crisis in the Catholic Church have shown us that bringing to light issues that have previously been swept under the carpet does wonders to help alleviate the problems. We hope that California lawmakers and the We Said Enough women will persist in their efforts to make the state capitol a safe and comfortable place for women, and men as well, to work.
(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 members. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Melanie Sakoda 925-708-6175 email@example.com, Joelle Casteix 949-322-7434, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Executive Director (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.
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.