SNAP applauds sentencing of former teacher and coach at The Citadel
The sentencing of Skip ReVille doesn't end this talk of horrors. It's almost certain that others he hurt, perhaps dozens, are still suffering. Citadel offciais have a moral duty to find and help these individuals.
Still, we are grateful today for the sentence handed down today. Because of it, children will be safe from this predator for a long time to come.
This sentence also sends a powerful warning to others who would think to use their position of authority to rape and abuse children. We hope that this message is heard loud and clear.
The crimes committed at The Citadel were numerous and horrific, and we hope that, with the knowledge that ReVille is safe behind bars, others who he may have victimized will find the strength to come forward and speak with a therapist, counselor, or a trusted friend. It is likely that there are many others who have been hurt by ReVille. We hope that they are able to find peace and strength in this verdict.
The Citadel clearly has a long way to go on this issue. They still must answer for why ReVille was allowed to quietly resign and go work at a school where he had access to many more children. Officials at The Citadel should be doing outreach right now, and should immediately reach out to anyone who attended a camp coached by ReVille or had any chance of contact with him. They should beg anyone who may have witnessed or been a victim of his crimes to come forward and make a report to police.
The healing doesn’t end with sentencing, but merely begins.
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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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