MD- Help us protect kids!
WHO WE ARE
We are victims of child sex abuse (and supporters) who are members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). Our mission is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.
WHY WE'RE HERE
We want Baptist officials to take child sex abuse cases more seriously and take strong steps now to safeguard innocent children and vulnerable adults from those who commit and conceal clergy sex crimes.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
First ask your children or loved ones if they were molested by church workers or volunteers and, if so, beg them to call police and therapists immediately.
Second, urge Baptists officials to;
--hire independent experts to review child sexual abuse scandals and,
--immediately respond to child sexual abuse reports with openness and compassion.
--fully fund and conduct (again using independent outside experts) an abuse database study, which was approved at the SBC’s 2007 annual meeting but never actually done.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
David Clohessy 314-966-9790 SNAPclohessy@aol.com,
P.O. Box 6416, Chicago IL 60680
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.