A former Attorney General pushes MO Attorney General Josh Hawley for a real investigation
It's one thing when advocates from a group like SNAP urge an elected official to take action that will protect kids and hold perpetrators accountable. But when such a plea is made by a contemporary, that can carry even more weight. SNAP is grateful to attorney Nicole Gorovsky - a former assistant Missouri attorney general and federal prosecutor - for joining us in asking Missouri’s Josh Hawley for a real investigation into clergy sex crimes and cover ups. You can read Nicole’s letter here.
"Allowing the accused wrongdoer to pick and choose what will be provided in an investigation of his wrongdoing is not an investigation at all. It is certainly not what I was asking for as I stood outside your office on Wednesday, and I do not believe it is what survivors of clergy abuse want either." - Former AG Nicole Gorovsky
We know that for an investigation to be truly independent it must not only be separate from the church, but also have subpoena powers and the ability to compel testimony under oath. We hope that AG Hawley will listen to his colleague and advocates in Missouri who are pushing for a full investigation. Make your voice heard and use this link to write a letter of your own to AG Hawley or the AG in your own state.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. 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.