OH - More charges in Steubenville rape case; Victims group responds
For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 25, 2013
Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Midwest Associate Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (636-433-2511, firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are grateful that these charges have been filed and believe they will help deter other cover ups in the future.
When sex crimes happen, employers and officials must choose whether to put their reputations and institutions first or the safety of victims first. And we as a society must punish those who choose selfishly to put their interests first. That’s the best way to make sure that employers and officials help, not hinder, investigations into sex offenses.
It’s always tempting and usually safe for law enforcement to pursue charges against sex offenders. It’s tougher and often controversial for law enforcement to pursue charges against those who ignore or enable sex offenses. But it’s crucial that both those who commit AND those who conceal sex crimes be punished.
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.