PA--Victims blast new Paterno beer
For immediate release: Monday, June 22, 2015
We’re dismayed that a new beer will be named after Penn State coach Joe Paterno.
A statue, a bridge, now a beer. Why can’t Paterno fans leave well enough alone? Why must they insist on heaping more recognition on a man who could and should have stopped a child molesting coach much sooner?
In life, Paterno got many honors. In death, he still gets considerable respect. Can’t this be done privately? Why must football fans insist on publicly praising a man who admits not doing enough to protect kids?
Why does loyalty to a deceased coach trump, in so many people’s minds, compassion for living abuse victims?
(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 15,000 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 and, increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like orphanages, summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc . 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.
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.