Victims respond: Former JSerra teacher charged with seven counts of unlawful sex acts with 14-year-old
We applaud the Orange County Sheriff's Department and the District Attorney's Office for their diligent investigation of Ricardo Aldana's alleged crimes. We sincerely hope that the criminal justice system works for the victim in this case and that the complete truth about Aldana and his actions is made public. That is the only way to keep children safe right now.
We hope that the brave, young victim in this case finds healing throughout the criminal process. She is a hero for coming forward and has saved other children from the pain of sexual abuse.
It is also our sincere hope that the JSerra students who rallied behind the teacher, spouted profanities on websites, and scared other victims of abuse into silence will come to understand how hurtful their actions were not only to this victim, but all victims of sexual abuse.
We urge anyone with information about Aldana - or any case of child sexual abuse - to come forward and report to law enforcement. No child deserves to suffer and no survivor deserves to endure shame and silence.
SNAP will be Representing Clergy Abuse Survivors in Rome!
We are taking the fight to Rome and are standing up for all survivors on a world stage! From February 19-25, Board President Tim Lennon, Seattle Leader Mary Dispenza, Los Angeles Leader Esther Hatfield Miller and Austin Leader Carol Midboe will be traveling to Rome for Pope Francis' Papal Abuse Summit.
If you are a member of the media and looking to get in touch with these survivors while in Rome, click here for our media advisory and contact information. If you are interested in connecting with a survivor in the US from your area of coverage, please contact one of the SNAP leaders in the US listed below:
- East Coast/DC: Becky Ianni (SNAPvirginia@cox.net, 703-801-6044)
- Midwest/Chicago: Zach Hiner (firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-974-9009)
- Midwest/St. Louis: David Clohessy (email@example.com, 314314-566-9790)
- West Coast / San Francisco: Melanie Sakoda (firstname.lastname@example.org, 925-708-6175)
If you are looking to help spread the word about the importance of this summit and for survivors to be heard, add your voice to the conversation on social media using the hashtag #PBC2019. Be sure to follow SNAP on twitter and Facebook and share our posts, add your comments, and let the world know that we are watching!Learn More