Penn State probe must truly be independent; SNAP says
A panel of Penn State trustees that is supposedly looking into the university's abuse and cover up scandal will speak today.
But Penn State officials shouldn’t even be talking about the school’s internal investigation at this point. It would be much more helpful if the university would instead use its vast resources to beg victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to contact police.
The university can investigate later. Right now, the focus should be on helping law enforcement effectively prosecute every current and former staffer who committed or concealed heinous child sex crimes.
And when the school does investigate internally, the panel must be more independent. We agree with university faculty, who are pushing for more outside individuals on the panel.
Institutions should learn from the example of the Catholic church – so-called investigations stacked with insiders can’t be as effective as those involving outsiders.
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SNAP will be Representing Clergy Abuse Survivors in Rome!
We are taking the fight to Rome and are standing up for all survivors on a world stage! From February 19-25, Board President Tim Lennon, Seattle Leader Mary Dispenza, Los Angeles Leader Esther Hatfield Miller and Austin Leader Carol Midboe will be traveling to Rome for Pope Francis' Papal Abuse Summit.
If you are a member of the media and looking to get in touch with these survivors while in Rome, click here for our media advisory and contact information. If you are interested in connecting with a survivor in the US from your area of coverage, please contact one of the SNAP leaders in the US listed below:
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