WA—Survivors group deliver letter to Seattle City Council
Mayor accused of child sexual abuse by four men
Recently uncovered documents reveal Oregon's Child Protective Services found Mayor Ed Murray sexually abused his foster son
Four Mayoral candidates, one Council Member and the Seattle LGBTQ Commission have since called for the Mayor to resign
Victims believe it is important that the City Council hear their voices on this issue as well
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, child sex abuse victims and their supporters will:
-explain their position on the proposed resignation of Seattle’s Mayor, and
- hand out copies of the letter they will be delivering to the City Council
They will then proceed up to the council chamber on the 2nd floor of City Hall to:
- hand deliver a copy of the letter to the full Council, and
- if permitted, briefly address the group on this issue.
Monday, July 31 at 1:00 PM, before the 2:00 PM Council meeting
Outside of City Hall, 601 5th Avenue (cross street Cherry) in downtown Seattle
4-5 people who are members of SNAP, the Survivors Network, the nation's largest support group for adult survivors of child sexual abuse
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray was accused of child sexual abuse by his former foster son, Jeff Simpson, and three other men. Murray denies the allegations, but suspended his re-election campaign in the wake of the charges. The mayor’s term of office ends in December.
On July 16th, the Seattle Times published documents showing that a 1984 investigation by Oregon Child Protective Services found that Murray had sexually abused his foster son, and that the mayor should not be certified as a foster parent in the future.
In light of this information, City Councilmember M. Lorena González asked Murray to consider stepping down.
The following day former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and fellow Mayoral candidates Cary Moon, Jessyn Farrell and Nikkita Oliver called on Murray to resign.
A week later, the Seattle LGBTQ Commission asked the mayor to resign.
Members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, believe that it is important for members of the City Council to hear from them as well on the issue of resignation. They plan to deliver a letter to the City Council outlining their position on the Mayor’s resignation, and the reasons behind it. Copies of SNAP’s letter will be available at the event.
(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 20,000 members. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org) Contact:
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.
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.