FL--Victims respond to alleged arson in Tampa
For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016
Shame on both the person who allegedly torched a Tampa area home and on Matthew Smith who reportedly often “posts memes mocking sex assault accusations” against Donald Trump, Bill Cosby and convicted Stanford rapist Brock Turner.
Arson is wrong. But so is mocking known or possible victims of devastating sexual assaults.
We deplore violence. But we also deplore those who deliberately
--rub salt into already deep and still fresh wounds of victims of sexual violence
--essentially help predators assault more victims by deterring victims from reporting crimes
--make the work of police and prosecutors tougher, by also deterring victims from reporting crimes.
We hope this alleged vandalism will cause Smith - and others like him – to stop using social media to hurt the already hurting and endanger more innocent kids and vulnerable adults.
Here is the proper way for people to act when rape or child sex abuse reports are made public:
We feel sorry for Smith and his family. But it’s not easy to summon sympathy for those who, from the comfort, safety and privacy of their homes or work, use the Internet to harass victims of heinous crimes.
No matter what happens in this case, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered sex crimes and cover ups to protect others by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how all will be safer, victims will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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)
Florida veteran seeks donations after home set on fire and tagged with anti-Trump slogans
TRAVIS GETTYS-30 NOV 2016
A Florida veteran is asking for help after his home was set on fire and t.
Matthew Smith, who served in the U.S. Navy, said he hasn’t displayed any signs or flags supporting Donald Trump outside his home, but he’s an outspoken supporter on Facebook of the Republican president-elect, gun militia groups and other conservative viewpoints, reported WTVT-TV.
He also frequently posts memes mocking sex assault accusations against Trump, Bill Cosby and convicted Stanford rapist Brock Turner.
Smith’s children were staying with their grandparents when . . .
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.
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.