CO--Musician accused of abuse to perform in Boulder; victims respond--Updated
For immediate release: Friday, January 14, 2017
A musician who is being sued in Massachusetts for allegedly sexually harassing two young women is performing tomorrow night with the Boulder Philharmonic.
Eric Ruske, a French horn player, was named in a civil lawsuit filed last year by a veteran attorney who has represented hundreds of victims of sexual violence.
We are disappointed that the Boulder Philharmonic is giving Ruske a venue to perform despite the serious allegations against him.
Last April the Wyoming Symphony suspended its contract with the musician after learning of the lawsuit.
No matter what Boulder Philharmonic officials do or don’t do, we hope every person who knows anything about the allegations against Ruske will find the strength and courage to come forward.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for abuse victims. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were abused in many different types of institutional settings. 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.
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.