CA- X-Men director sued for sexual assault, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Statement by Joelle Casteix, Southern California Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949-322-7434, firstname.lastname@example.org)
A Hollywood director is being sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenager. We are glad that this brave victim is being given a voice.
As this lawsuit moves forward, we hope investigators and the public will not let the fame of director Bryan Singer cloud their judgment. It takes a great deal of courage for victims of child sexual abuse to come forward. They rarely do so lightly.
This lawsuit was filed in Hawaii because of the state's recent temporary suspension of the statute of limitations for child sex crimes. We are grateful that the archaic SOL was suspended, allowing more suffering victims to finally seek justice, expose predators and protect kids.
We hope anyone else who may have been hurt by Singer will gain courage from this and speak up.
Finally, we're always disappointed when alleged predators question the timing of child sex abuse lawsuits. We as a society need to make it easier, not harder, for alleged victims of heinous sex crimes to step forward. Attacking an accuser's motives makes it harder for all victims to speak up.
One can defend oneself from allegations without attacking one's accusers. That's the right and sensitive way to respond. And whenever a child sex case is filed, it should be addressed on its merits, not on the timing of it.
We suspect the real reason the suit was filed now is because Hawaii's legal “window” closes within days.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 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.
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