PA--Sandusky letter is posted on line
Sandusky letter is posted on line; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 29
What possible good can come from posting on line a letter from convicted serial child molesting Penn State coach?
Little that a proven child molester says from prison will ever be helpful. But giving a platform to child molester will almost certainly be upsetting to victims of such horrific crimes.
Imagine if your child had been raped by Jerry Sandusky. Would you like to be watching TV with your family and suddenly see Sandusky’s mug shot and hear an announcer acting as though a few sentences he wrote to one person being treated like it’s legitimate “news.”
Some want to defend Joe Paterno or other college staff. So be it. But we hope John Ziegler and other Paterno backers will at least find the decency to deny Sandusky a voice he can use to further re-victimize those he has already hurt so badly. Ignoring Sandusky’s remarks is a simple way we can show solidarity with his victims.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 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)
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.