Media Statements and Events

CA--Victims appalled by child rapist’s light sentence

For immediate release May 27, 2018

Statement by: Melanie Jula Sakoda, Volunteer East Bay Leader for SNAP, the Survivors Network, 925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com

A convicted California child rapist has been sentenced to just 90 days of house arrest and five years of probation. According to the news report, Lyle Burgess will not even be required to register as a sex offender.

http://abc7.com/amp/ca-man-pleads-no-contest-to-raping-girl-5-gets-house-arrest/3520822/?__twitter_impression=true

Read more
Add your reaction Share

PA -- Victims feel betrayed once again

For immediate release May 25, 2018

Statement by: Melanie Jula Sakoda, Volunteer Secretary of the Board of Directors of SNAP, the Survivors Network

Rep. Mark Rozzi was absolutely right to ask " “Why is the church getting a copy of this and the victims aren’t?” Like Rep. Rozzi, we have also heard from survivors who felt betrayed not only to know that every painful word of their testimony would be read first by church officials, but also because they had no forewarning that this would happen. 

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2018/05/24/Dioceses-grand-jury-report-Catholic-priests-sexual-abuse-bishops/stories/201805240192

Read more
Add your reaction Share