MO-- Accused rapist politician sues alleged victim; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 28, 2016
A Missouri politician accused of rape is suing his accuser. That’s wrong and intimidating.
Steven Roberts II is suing Cora Faith Walker's claims. Both are legislators. She says he sexually assaulted her.
Roberts claims his lawsuit is “the only way . . . to show the facts.” That’s baloney. He could do exactly as Ms. Walker did, and talk with one or more journalists. But, according to the Post-Dispatch, Steve Roberts “declined to be interviewed.” That’s cowardly.
Who knows where the truth likes in all of this. But often, litigation like this is intended to silence other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers.
Sexual violence is rampant, underreported and often apt to be repeated. So we have a clear choice: we can make it easier or harder for people to report these crimes. Roberts is making it harder.
No matter what happens here, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered rape or other sex crimes– especially by those in power – to protect others by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how all of us will be safer and how criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Missouri House candidate sues over colleague's rape claims
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri House candidate is pressing a defamation lawsuit against another unopposed colleague who publicly accused him of sexual assault.
Steven Roberts II filed his lawsuit in St. Louis Circuit Court Thursday, two days after a special prosecutor declined to pursue charges in the case, saying the evidence . . .
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.
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