For Immediate Release, Wednesday, November 15, 2017
SNAP Central Ohio announces an ongoing support group in the Mansfield, OH area for survivors of sexual abuse in hierarchies (any situation where the sexual abuser has more institutional power than the abused person does): Schools, Churches, Families, workplaces, etc.).
The support group welcomes people who suffered sexual abuse in an organization or hierarchy and also their supporters. It is a confidential support group dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual abuse in their search for healing. For more information about SNAP Support Groups see our website http://www.snapnetwork.org/support_groups
The Mansfield Area SNAP Support Group meets the third Saturday of each month from 2-4 pm in the Mansfield Area. For more information contact Carol Zamonski at 614 653-1502 or SNAPCentralOhio@gmail.com.
For immediate release, Saturday, November 11, 2017
Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, California, Volunteer Member of the Board of Directors and Volunteer East Bay Leader for SNAP, the Survivors Network (925-708-6175, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Yesterday it was revealed that the Brooklyn Diocese of the Catholic Church had quietly posted on its website the names of seven former priests it says were defrocked for child sexual abuse.
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
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