SNAP applauds brave victim in St. Louis for coming forward
We applaud this brave man for coming forward and reporting his abuse. We hope that anyone who has been harmed will follow his lead and report the crimes to professionally trained law enforcement not church officials. That those who have suspected or seen misdeeds by this coach, no matter how old or how insignificant the information and work with law enforcement to reveal the truth.
We urge diocesan and school officials to be open and honest. To reveal how long ago they received the allegations. To report how many allegations they have received and the years the abuse took place. While writing to their alums is a first step. We hope they will also beg employees and former employees to also work with law enforcement.
Children are safe when predators are behind bars. We beg anyone with information to step forward and break their silence.
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.