SNAP responds to death of Joe Paterno
We respectfully urge those who love Joe Paterno to think long and hard before publicly praising and honoring him. He clearly could and should have done more to stop his long time assistant coach Jerry Sandusky from sexually violating kids.
Ignoring this egregious wrongdoing, even now, is insensitive. Publicly praising him will only cause further harm to the teenagers and young men who are already hurting because of inaction and deceit by Penn State officials. And publicly honoring Paterno sends precisely the wrong message to others who have or may hide child sex crimes - if you achieve enough professionally, we'll overlook your role in enabling, ignoring or concealing heinous crimes against 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.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
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