ME--Victims beg others to come forward on trial’s eve
For immediate release: Wednesday, March 11
Soon a cleric accused of child sex crimes will go on trial, and it’s never too late for those who saw, suspected or suffered his wrongdoing to step forward. We hope more victims, witnesses and whistleblowers will find the courage to call law enforcement about Adam Metropoulos of Bangor.
All too often, when one family summons the strength to call police about a predator, others with helpful information stay silent, assuming that prosecutors will prevail and the criminal will be convicted. That’s irresponsible. It’s the duty of every adult to do what he or she can to safeguard kids. And it’s the duty of every citizen to share what they know or suspect about child sex crimes to law enforcement.
We beg anyone who has knowledge or suspicions about Metropoulos to get off the sidelines, show some spine, grab the phone and call police or prosecutors now.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have more than 20,000 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)
Contact - David Clohessy 314-566-9790, email@example.com, Barbara Dorris 314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org, Barbara Blaine 312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org, Melanie Sakoda of Moraga, East Bay SNAP Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175, firstname.lastname@example.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.