PA--Another lawsuit vs. Penn State SNAP responds
For immediate release: Monday, June 8
We applaud James Vivenzio for exposing dangerous hazing at Penn State.
We’ve long charged that much of the school’s response to the Jerry Sandusky scandal is smoke and mirrors. This new case confirms our worst fears – that Penn State officials still deal with violence and abuse poorly.
It’s ever easy to disclose one’s victimization and it’s especially hard for a young person to do this. So we admire Mr. Vivenzio and hope his courage will prompt others who were hurt in similarly reckless and cruel “ceremonies” and “traditions” to step up, get help, expose misdeeds and deter crimes and cover ups.
(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)
Whistleblower: Penn State Ignored Frat Abuse Complaints
June 8, 2015 12:33 PM - By Kim Glovas
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A lawsuit was filed today in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court against Penn State University, the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, and others, over hazing practices that were allegedly ignored by the university despite their being violent and dangerous.
James Vivenzio was pledging KDR last year and, according to the lawsuit, was burned . . .
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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