Media Statements and Events

CA--Survivors’ group supports the work of Presentation High alumnae to make their school a safer place

For immediate release Thursday, February 8, 2018

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda, Volunteer SNAP East Bay Leader (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

Nearly five thousand former students of Presentation High School in San Jose and their supporters have signed a petition demanding an independent investigation into how the administration handled reported sexual abuse over the past thirty years. To date twenty women allege that they were molested at the prestigious Catholic girls’ school, and eight staff members have been accused. Many of the students say they reported at the time, but administrators failed to contact authorities outside the school as required by law. Despite the growing list of allegations, school officials maintain that all reports were handled properly.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/07/petitioners-catholic-girls-school-ignoring-pleas-to-investigate-handling-of-sex-abuse/

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SNAP Stands in Support of Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Joseph White of the Church of the Living God

For immediate distribution Tuesday, February 7, 2018

Statement by Carol Zamonski, SNAP Central Ohio Leader,  SNAPCentralOhio@gmail.com, 614-653-1502

SNAP Stands in support of all the known and unknown survivors of sexual abuse by Joseph White, founder of the Church of the Living God. We are horrified at both the abuse which has occurred and the weak response by the Board of Directors of The Church of the Living God. White’s retirement is not enough. The Church of the Living God should make a statement condemning his actions and report the allegations to police in his current residential area and any area where he has lived or served in the Church of the Living God. In addition the Church of the Living God should publicize the problem widely in their many congregations and in the cities in which they are located.  Church leadership structure, guidelines and policies should be examined and reworked with the help of outside consultants to create a church movement and local church environment that is less likely to harbor sexual abusers in the future.  

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