NJ--Walk and rally held today on child sex laws
For immediate release: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Walk & rally held today on child sex laws
Victims want statute of limitations reformed
In 3 states, group wants “better child safety laws”
Legislation has been introduced in NJ, PA & NY
NJ State Senator will also address the group in Trenton
A walk through Trenton and a rally at the State House will be held today calling for legislators in three states to reform statutes of limitations to make it easier for child sex abuse victims to “help protect kids, expose predators, deter cover ups and heal victims” in both the criminal and civil courts.
Among those participating in the events are members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
“We’re making progress toward repealing or reforming these archaic, predator-friendly laws,” said Mark Crawford, SNAP’s New Jersey director. “But some lawmakers still refuse to put the safety of kids above the secrecy of those who commit or conceal these heinous and devastating crimes and cover ups. So we’re hoping to prod a few more legislators into taking action to safeguard the vulnerable instead of protecting the wrongdoers.”
The walk starts at noon in the parking lot of the Morrisville Shopping Center and ends with a rally outside the State House at which Senator Joseph Vitale will speak.
SNAP member Fred Marigliano, who has walked the entire state of NJ, more than 200 miles, to bring awareness to this issue, will also speak.
(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)
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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