Victims praise LA school district
Protecting child requires swift and decisive action. Adults who prey on children thrive on delays and "internal investigations." In fact, we have seen time and time again how child predators continue to molest in institutional settings, even after their supervisors have suspicions, knowledge and evidence of crimes.
We hope that last night's action by the Los Angeles School District - closing a school and removing and/or retraining the entire staff after three employees were arrested and accused of sexual abuse - will become the norm, not the exception. Although LAUSD officials could have acted sooner, alerted parents, and informed authorities of "red flag" behavior, yesterday's events leave no question about the safety of students at Miramonte Elementary from this point onward.
Children's safety - NOT internal investigations, personnel reviews, and institutional "procedures" - should always be first priority.
Read the story here: http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/07/justice/california-school-case/?hpt=hp_t2
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.