PA--Investigation into actor/ex-Penn State athletes re-opens; Victims respond
For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 28, 2016
We are grateful that the case against actor, director and former Penn State athlete Nate Parker is being re-examined.
Our hearts ache for the family of the young woman who took her own life after reporting rape allegations against Parker. Our hearts also ache for the good staff and students at Penn State whose institution is again suffering because of charges that employees again showed difference and preference to an athlete over an alleged victim.
According to the New York Times, Parker was
--“cited for violating (a university) directive” that he and his accuser were to “stay away from each other” and
--suspended, then reinstated, while facing criminal charges, and
--kicked off the Penn State wrestling team in 2001 and transferred to the University of Oklahoma.
We suspect Oklahoma officials new about the allegations against him and also kept silent about them. We hope we're wrong. And we called on university officials at both schools to be more forthcoming about this case. We call on Oklahoma officials to disclose what they knew about Parker's past when they accepted him into their school.
We agree with Boulder Colorado attorney Baine Kerr who says Penn State “should have done more” in this case years ago.
We hope anybody who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Parker or cover-ups by Penn State will come forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers, deter deception and start healing.
No matter what officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in universities or institutions – especially at Penn State – to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
(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.
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