MEMO: To all potential whistleblowers
To: Every current/former church employee/member who suspects child sex abuse
Fr: Barbara Dorris
You've almost certainly either
-- told no one about what you suspect, or
-- told one or two or three people, and now feel like "Well, I tried. It's out of my hands now."
If you're still a believer, you know that virtually every religion stresses the innocence and preciousness of children. So for the sake of children, please take five minutes to learn about what real heroism is, and about someone just like you - Amy Smith of Houston - did when she suspected that her minister had hurt children.
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
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.