No gag orders at Penn State; SNAP says
We call on Penn State officials to disavow confidentiality or "gag" orders and to agree not to ask victims to sign them before their cases are settled. From a PR perspective, these orders may be tempting, but from a prevention perspective, these orders will only do the public a disservice.
It is important that the facts about this harrowing situation can be made public, so that people may learn where things went wrong, and what can be done to prevent such wrongdoing in the future.
Penn State officials have publicly said they want these suits to be resolved quickly. But in some ways, we hope not all of them will be.
We hope that at least one of Sandusky's victims will have the strength and courage to resist the temptation to settle and go to trial, so more about the complicity of top university staff will be uncovered.
A trial can, of course, be grueling and unpredictable. But through tough questions under oath in open court, crucial secrets can be revealed. In these secrets, the people may learn what really went on in Happy Valley and who knew what and when and which school officials acted recklessly, callously and selfishly.
Sandusky’s conviction was only the first step towards healing, both for the victims and the university. For the process to be completed, Penn State must work towards the full truth of who was involved. Anything less is half-justice, and a lesson left unlearnt.
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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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