FL--Victims praise FL senator in seeking federal probe of school
For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 26
We applaud Florida Senator Bill Nelson for seeking a Justice Department investigation into the horrors at the Dozier School for Boys. Florida citizens, especially relatives of the “White House boys,” deserve to know the full truth about the cruelty and suffering inflicted on children at that facility.
All too often, political and community leaders stay silent about abuse, sex crimes and cover ups, especially in institutional settings. But this is irresponsible. These are crimes against innocent citizens, not internal matters. And crimes and cover ups like these can be prevented, especially when outside authorities step in. So more political figures should speak up and use their clout to take tangible steps to expose and deter cover ups by officials who oversee children.
We hope federal officials will honor Senator Nelson’s request and use their experience, expertise and resources to shed more light on the horrific wrongdoing these boys endured.
(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)
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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.
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.