UK- British politicians call for child abuse inquiry, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
A group of British MPs are calling for an investigation into past child sexual abuse cases. We are glad that these MPs want truth and justice about child sexual abuse. When the truth is revealed about the past, children are safer in the present and future.
We're less interested in seeing investigations of "celebrities" who abused and more interested in seeing investigations of institutions that have concealed or are concealing child sexual violence.
We hope this inquiry goes forward - fully funded and independently established - and that those at every institutional level are investigated. Officials should encourage anyone who saw, suspects, or suffered child sexual abuse to immediately call law enforcement and get help. And whether this investigation happens or not, officials should use their "bully pulpits" to repeatedly and compassionately urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes to step forward, get help, expose wrongdoers, protect others and start healing.
(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 18,000 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)
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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.