Tsunami effect of Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report: NY and NJ Attorneys General Take Action and SNAP Cheers Them On
For immediate release, September 6, 2018
Statement by Tim Lennon, SNAP President, 415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org
The shattering revelations of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury are creating a tsunami of action by state attorneys general. New York and New Jersey are at the forefront of aggressive action.
New York and New Jersey are conducting independent investigations using their subpoena power. Other states such as Missouri are attempting to work in partnership with the Church. We have heard of a dozen or more other states either secretly convening an independent investigation or exploring that possibility.
SNAP is grateful for all of those who are taking action, particularly those like NY and NJ that are conducting independent investigations. These efforts help to ensure that our communities are safer and our children protected. We hope all states will respond in a similar manner.
Law enforcement needs to follow through with vigorous prosecution for those who would harm the most vulnerable and those who would be complicit in hiding and covering up this abuse.
Regardless of what your AG does or does not do, we urge every victim, witness and whistleblower to call local law enforcement. If they are not responsive, call state or federal officials. Keep trying until you are heard.
New Jersey has set up a hotline for victims and survivors: 855-363-6548
New York has set up a hotline for victims and survivors: 800-771-7755
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been working for thirty years to support victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings and has more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.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.
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