SNAP Media Events
When: August 11-13, 2017
Where: The Westin Alexandria in Virginia/Washington, D.C.
What: The second annual walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in support of child sex abuse survivors.
When: Sunday, June 4 at 11:00 AM EDT
Where: The walk will begin from Brooklyn and end at City Hall with an open mic for victims to share their stories. Followed by a vigil for all those who have been hurt.
PA-On first anniversary of Altoona-Johnstown grand jury report, victims skeptical of diocesan response
While some progress has been made, survivors still not sure that kids’ safety is a priority
Priest who took the Fifth when questioned under oath is still in a position of authority
Many members of Allegation Review Board still working for diocese, including one who handles reports of child sexual abuse
Promised website listing of the credibly accused is woefully inadequate
Meanwhile, the Catholic Church continues to lobby against SOL reform, shutting the doors of justice to child victims and preventing additional predators from being exposed
Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse survivors and their supporters will:
--Recap progress made by the Altoona-Johnstown diocese on the first anniversary of the grand jury report;
--Point out work that the diocese has yet to do to ensure the safety of its children;
Victims to Dolan’s Fund Manager: Let us work with you
Survivors need to be a part of Phase Two plan
Payouts are “hush money” without secret files
Make public reporting protocols, evidence
Let’s partner for public safety, healing, group says
At a press conference, the nation’s largest support group for clergy sex abuse victims will hand deliver a letter to Cardinal Dolan forDolan’s head of his Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Plan. The letter asks that Feinberg:
- Make survivors partners in the compensation plan moving forward
- Gain access to secret church evidence and files when reviewing cases
- Make public his criminal reporting protocols
- Release names of predators, as Dolan has promised
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.