PA--Victims to Penn State officials "Now, turn the page"
For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 12
Now that Penn State will again get bowl revenue in the future, we really hope Paterno backers will move on and stop whining about his alleged mistreatment.
Again today, Penn State President Eric Barron professes the school’s “commitment to prevent child abuse” and “child abuse prevention.” But this claim rings hollow as Barron and his staff continue to tolerate – and sometimes encourage – hurtful words and deeds by students and staff that both re-victimized already wounded victims and discourage other victims from speaking up.
We especially hope that Barron soon decides to keep the Paterno statute in storage.
Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said "This is yet another step in allowing today's student athletes all the opportunities they deserve."
It can also be another step toward closure, if Barron, Barbour and responsible administrators and professors at Penn State show leadership and discourage more insensitive idolatry of Paterno that only serves to make it harder for current and past victims of childhood sexual violence.
(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.