IL--On eve of Hastert sentencing, victims hold vigil
On eve of Hastert sentencing, victims hold vigil
Victims hold candles, signs and childhood photos
They want judge to put ex-House speaker in prison
SNAP says he should set up a fund to help his victims
Group wants his penalty to “deter those who conceal abuse”
Holding candles, signs and childhood photos (including one of Hastert victims, Stephen Reinboldt) at a sidewalk vigil, abuse victims and supporters will urge
--A judge to send Dennis Hastert to prison and order him to set up a fund to compensate his victims
--Lawmakers to reform “archaic, predator-friendly” statutes of limitation which enabled Hastert to evade prosecution for child sex crimes, and
--Anyone who saw, suspect or experienced child sex crimes to speak up, expose the identities of perpetrators, and get help for victims who suffer alone in secrecy and shame.
They will also remember Reinboldt and other victims of child sex crimes who die of suicides, addictions, drug overdoses and other complications trying to self-medicate the immense emotional pain.
TODAY, Tuesday, April 26, 4:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
On the sidewalk in front of the Federal Courthouse at 219 S. Dearborn (between Jackson and Adams) in downtown Chicago
Five-seven members of a support group for clergy sex abuse victims called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP hopes Judge Thomas Durkin considers Denny Hastert’s most recent wrongdoing – his attempt to frame a man he molested as a child – when he sentences the politician tomorrow. “This is the second worst crime Hastert committed, second only to his repeated child sex crimes,” said Barbara Blaine of SNAP
“Hastert told the FBI he was being extorted. He let agents listen in on a call with one of his victims, hoping that they would falsely conclude that Hastert, not the child sex abuse victim, was the one who was suffering and needed law enforcement’s help. Shame on him,” Blaine stressed. “Had Hastert succeeded in his calculated deceit, a man who had been sexually violated as a child might have ended up in prison, falsely convicted of extorting money from a powerful politician.”
A copy of the indictment is here:
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.