NC--Victims blast Duke U over rape allegations vs. basketball player
For immediate release: Monday, March 2
An independent investigation must be launched into allegations that Duke University officials kept silent about rape allegations against basketball player Rasheed Sulaimon.
That’s the only way the cloud over Duke can be cleared up. Without decisive action by the university’s board, this controversy will no doubt keep growing,
“Innocent until proven guilty” is a crucial concept. It’s what we use when considering locking up a person. It is not, however, the standard we should use in deciding whether to publicize credible allegations of sexual violence.
We hope that anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by Sulaimon – or anyone at Duke – come forward, get help, call police, protect others adn
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have 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)
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.