UK--Victims blast Home Office panel with no survivors on it
For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8
A government panel ostensibly set up to help child sex abuse survivors is, sadly, already hurting them by excluding them.
This isn’t just an insult to those already wounded by child sex crimes and inadequate official response to those crimes. It’s also self-destructive because it deprives the Home Office’s inquiry of both sorely-needed credibility and vital experience.
This must seem like a third betrayal to men and women who have already been harmed twice, first by a shrewd predator and second by callous institutions.
We hope Theresa May rectifies this hurtful injustice quickly. Most survivors are resilient and smart, not helpless and ignorant. We deserve to be treated with respect and decency. And we deserve to be listened to.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 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.