TX- Victims applaud police chief in Greg Kelley case
For immediate release: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
It's rare that a law enforcement official takes the time to explain the evidence and court process so thoroughly.
We understand why that's rare: the job of the police is to catch those who commit crimes, not ”win over” those who side with criminals.
But this case is somewhat different, and very troubling.
It's somewhat different because family and friends of an admitted, convicted child molester are vocally supporting him, even after a court of law found him guilty.
And it's very troubling because this public rallying around him.
So we're grateful to Chief Mannix for shedding more light on this case and explaining why Kelley's backers are making the job of catching and prosecuting child sex offenders much tougher.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. 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.
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.