Statement by: Melanie Jula Sakoda, Volunteer Secretary of the Board of Directors of SNAP, the Survivors Network
Rep. Mark Rozzi was absolutely right to ask " “Why is the church getting a copy of this and the victims aren’t?” Like Rep. Rozzi, we have also heard from survivors who felt betrayed not only to know that every painful word of their testimony would be read first by church officials, but also because they had no forewarning that this would happen.
Those who have already suffered greatly are hurting once again, from an absolutely unexpected source. We think Rep. Rozzi understated the devastation of survivors when he said this was “an absolute slap in the face” to victims.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world's oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 supporters. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)