MD- Victims applaud arrest of church deacon
For immediate release: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Statement by Becky Ianni of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703-801-6044, firstname.lastname@example.org)
A Maryland man who is a church deacon has been arrested for the sexual abuse of a teenage girl. We urge church officials to seek out other possible victims.
Our hearts go out to this courageous woman and her family. We are grateful that she came forward and is seeking justice. We hope that her actions will inspire others who may have been hurt by Blanchard to come forward to the police.
When victims speak out and criminals are exposed children are safer.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 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)
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.