Survivors group urges reporting of sexual abuse
For immediate release Wednesday, November 29
“Conservative movement urges new rules to prevent, report sexual abuse,” Times of Israel, November 29, 2017
SNAP applauds the coalition of Conservative Jewish groups who issued a statement on November 28 condemning those who use positions of power to take sexual advantage of others.
It is especially commendable that this statement urges Conservative Jewish organizations to develop policies to prevent, report, and investigate incidents of sexual misconduct. SNAP has repeatedly urged religious groups to develop such policies – and to encourage those who experience sexual abuse in a religious context to report that abuse to legal and criminal authorities. Policies developed by religious groups to deal with sexual abuse should, in SNAP’s view, always include strong encouragement to abuse victims to report their abuse to legal and criminal authorities first and foremost.
SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 members. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Managing Director (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Joelle Casteix 949-322-7434, email@example.com or Melanie Sakoda 925-708-6175 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.