For immediate release, September 5, 2018
Statement by Michael Norris, Volunteer SNAP Houston Leader, 713-855-9178, SNAPmdnorris@hotmail.com
Sam Young, founder of Protect LDS Children, recently received a letter from the Mormon Church, summoning him to an excommunication hearing in Houston on Sunday, September 9th.
Mr. Young has been on a campaign to raise awareness about the negative impact of sexually explicit one-on-one interviews that take place in the LDS Church. The Bishops who conduct these interviews do not receive any special training, nor are they subject to background checks. Mr. Young’s organization has documented the very real harm suffered by children during this completely unregulated process.
For immediate release, August 31, 2018
Statement by Melanie Sakoda, Volunteer SNAP Secretary, 925-708-6175, firstname.lastname@example.org
Today Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City announced that he has hired a law firm to review allegations of sexual abuse in the archdiocese.
However, in our eyes the Archbishop's plan falls far short. Pennsylvania's grand jury report on six Catholic dioceses established the bench mark that should be followed in all other investigations.
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.
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.