SNAP is growing!
Calls and emails have been coming from survivors and supporters from around the world. We're hearing from a range of countries: China, Argentina, Russia, Spain, Italy, South Africa, Germany, the UK, Kenya, Netherlands, Chile, Brazil, Poland, France Venezuela, and the Philippines. We are becoming experts using Google Translate!
Russian and Chinese have been quite a challenge. Survivors are gratified to find out they are not alone, that the problem is global and that there is a group that
wants to help. We have received words of appreciation and encouragement from supporters and survivors have shared their stories, many for the first time ever.
While the stories are heartbreaking the are also very familiar. Predators using their positions of trust and respect to harm innocent children and vulnerable adults. Church officials protecting and shielding the predators rather than turning them over to law enforcement so the predators are free to harm others. What is amazing is that survivors, from any country, are willing to do anything to stop this pattern of destruction, anything that will protect kids.
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.