PA- Penn State coaches sue re Sandusky scandal; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
Two former Penn State football coaches are suing the university saying they were unfairly tied to the Jerry Sandusky case. The case sounds like a stretch to us, but we hope the case goes to trial because we think it's important that more of the truth about the Penn State scandal surfaces publicly.
As egregious and blatant a predator as Sandusky was, it's hard to imagine that many who worked with or near him didn't at least have suspicions about his crimes. We also suspect that many at least heard rumors about Sandusky's crimes and chose to ignore them, rather than question them.
Penn State officials did act quickly when the scandal finally burst into public view. That they acted quickly does not necessarily mean that they acted improperly.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have 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)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, firstname.lastname@example.org), Judy Jones 6 36-433-2511, email@example.com) Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.