KY - Victims question whether offender should be attorney
For immediate release: Thursday, January 9, 2014
A convicted child sex offender wants to become an attorney.
We should think long and hard before giving positions of power and prestige to convicted child sex offenders. Adults who sexually exploit kids often also exploit their job titles and professional status to gain access to vulnerable families and hurt children.
Membership in the bar - like the clergy - is a privilege, not a right.
This decision is not about forgiveness. It's about prudence. We can forgive those who hurt kids. But we shouldn't let them have roles and positions where they can hurt kids again.
Forgiveness is an individual, private choice. Bestowing titles on convicted child sex offenders is a public policy matter.
Forgiving offenders may help the wounded heal. But it does nothing to protect the vulnerable.
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.