PA- Statement from Male Survivor
MaleSurvivor applauds the jury for it's courageous verdict and the tireless work of prosecutors and officials in the case against Monsignor Lynn.
This verdict sends a clear and unmistakable message to all institutions that harbor and enable molesters to thrive within their walls: Sexual abuse will not be tolerated in our communities any longer. This verdict also sends a powerful message to all survivors of sexual abuse: Your voices will be heard. Finally, instead of facing obstruction and defeat, those who have suffered in silence for far too long are beginning to feel empowered to come forward and speak openly about what was once an unspeakable shame. Not only does this help survivors heal, it also begins to help heal our society as well.
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.