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CA--SNAP commends Presentation High graduates for providing a forum for #PresToo stories

For immediate release Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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

Presentation High graduates Kathryn Leehane and Cheryl Hodgin Marshall started the website Make Pres Safe because they “school administrators failed to act when they came to them with separate stories of abuse.” Leehane explained:

"My hope is that my fellow alums, members of the various boards, and every single person invested in the well-being of the students at PHS read the victim’s stories – hear their voices – and ensure the PHS administration and board do the right thing: take responsibility for their mistakes, apologize to the survivors, and make permanent changes to protect all of the young women entrusted to their care."

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/Presentation-High-Alums-Launch-Website-to-Tell-Stories-of-Sexual-Misconduct-in-Their-Own-Words-470609103.html

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MI--Survivors group applauds Larry Nassar’s lengthy prison sentence

For immediate release Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of California, Volunteer Member of SNAP’s Board of Directors (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina today sentenced Larry Nassar to 40-175 years in prison for his crimes. More than 150 women who were abused by the former US Gymnastics doctor as children offered victim impact statements before Aquilina announced her decision.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/international/ct-larry-nassar-gymnastics-sentencing-20180124-story.html

We applaud Aquilina for giving Nassar a lengthy prison term. When serial predators like the former doctor are given a long time behind bars, victims everywhere breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that a dangerous criminal will not be able to hurt another child while incarcerated.

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