UK - The children of Smyllum tell their heartbreaking stories, SNAP responds
For immediate release Tuesday, December 5, 2017
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is holding hearings on conditions in Scotland’s care homes. Survivors of Smyllum Park in Lanarkshire, where up to 400 children were buried in an unmarked grave, recently began testifying before the inquiry.
We commend the Scottish government, the Sunday Post, BBC radio, In Care Abuse Survivors, relatives of the deceased, and all those involved in the campaign to expose what happened at Smyllum Park. It is truly a shame that an order of Catholic nuns required a public campaign to get them to agree to do the right thing.
Publicly identifying each and every child who is buried on the grounds of Smyllum Park is the “very least” the Daughters of Charity, should do. The nuns should also stop their stonewalling and their denials that abuse occurred in at Smyllum Park and make their records public.
In the meantime, the Daughters of Charity have promised to build a memorial with the names of all the children who died. But promises are cheap. The campaign to hold the nuns accountable must not end until that promise is fulfilled.
(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)
Melanie Sakoda 925-708-6175 email@example.com, Joelle Casteix 949-322-7434, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Executive Director (314-503-0003, bdorris@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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