SNAP responds to financial compensation for Belgian victims
While no amount of money can restore the innocent shattered and make up for a childhood lost due to sexual violence, we are glad that this compensation fund is being furnished. However, survivors rarely want monetary compensation as a form of justice, but rather want to expose their perpetrator’s crimes as well as those who helped to conceal them, and want to prevent other children from suffering similar abuse.
We think that the church’s efforts would be better spent by begging all sex abuse victims to come forward and make a full report of their abuse so that they church can find, expel, and hopefully prosecute those who committed these terrible crimes. Until the church understands this, these crimes will continue to occur and more children will continue to be victimized by a secretive and rigid hierarchy that thinks of them only in terms of settlement payments.
Read the story here: http://mg.co.za/article/2011-12-14-belgian-sexual-abuse-victims-receive-financial-compensation/
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.