Poland--Victims blast Polish authorities re Roman Polanski
For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016
We are disappointed that once again Roman Polanski is escaping justice.
The new ruling preventing his extradition is a travesty. Our hearts go out to anyone who was hurt by Polanski and to the tens of thousands of sexual assault victims whose perpetrators escaped justice by political clout, shrewd maneuvering or by "running out the clock" on the archaic, predator-friendly statute of limitations.
The next time someone questions a rape or child sex abuse victim for not reporting the crime, or reporting months or years later, remember Polanski and how he got off scot-free despite his heinous sex offense against a girl.
No matter what courts or government officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in churches or institutions – especially by powerful figures – to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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)
Contact - David Clohessy (+1 314-566-9790 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org), Barbara Dorris (+1 314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org) , Barbara Blaine (+1 312-399-4747 cell, (email@example.com )
Poland’s top court upholds refusal to extradite Polanski
By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA The Associated Press
Warsaw, Poland • Poland's Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that the country would refuse to detain and extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski to the U.S.
The ruling upholds the decision of a lower court that was challenged by the justice minister, and closes the matter in Poland.
"Game over," said Jan Olszewski, one of Polanski's lawyers. "The case is definitively closed. We won in a fair struggle. We feel satisfaction."
Polanski, 83, is wanted in the U.S. in a case involving sex . . .
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.
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